Best new iOS widgets (June 2015)


One of the new features that arrived alongside Apple iOS 8 is support for widgets, a feature that has been a fundamental and integral part of Android for a long, long time. Well, some may argue that widgets in iOS and Android greatly differ from one another in terms of integration within the UI. After all, iOS only allows you to put widgets in your notification center, while Android offers an unprecedented level of flexibility and customizability.

While that's mostly true, it doesn't mean that the widgets available for iOS are sub-par to their Android rivals. Well, they are less in numbers, actually, but that's pretty natural given the relative short amount of time for which iOS has supported widgets. Of course, there are many widgets that deserve to stay in your iOS 8-running iPhone or iPad's notification center.

We've been informing you about the new and noteworthy Android widgets for more than half a year now, but with iOS and the Apple App Store gaining traction and scoring more and more widgets, we felt natural to give Apple's platform the same amount of attention in this regard.

Today, we'll be treating you to some of the more notable widgets for iOS that arrived in the past month or so.

Stats Widget

Download (free)

Just as it name suggests, Stats Widget is a tool that will show you general and a bit in-depth information for your device right in the Today dropdown menu.

 

Agenda: Widget+

Download ($0.99)

This widget puts an agenda view of your calendar straight in the Today view of your notification center. It provides you with a little more information about your upcoming appointments and events in comparison with the baked-in stock agenda widget in iOS.



Widget Dial

Download ($0.99)

Thanks to this iOS widget, you can have a handful of pre-defined contacts up in your notification center - calling them is just a swipe down away! You also get a small dialer which allows you to input phone numbers on the fly.



Thenmark

Download (free)

Dig bookmarks? Thenmark is an ellegant widget that puts nice bookmarks in your notification center, allowing you to quickly access your favorite websites whenever you desire.



MuJet

Download (free)

This widget allows you to make even better use of the built-in iOS music player - by putting your favorite tracks in your notification center, you can easily play the music you want whenever you want. 



Data Tracker

Download ($0.99)

If want to easily keep tabs on the mobile and Wi-Fi data you've went through at all times, check out Data Tracker for iOS. This widget provides you with an insight of this rather important metric that is just a swipe away.

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17 Comments

1. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

I still find it weird to see the words 'iOS' and 'widgets' close to each other.

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

And You may find it weird but I like iOS implementation of widgets way better than on Android.

3. thesims2customs

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Not really, me my self don't like these kind of widgets which appear on my notification drop down menu (?) Just happy with my widget on my homescreen..

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7165; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Just because Apple uses the term widget doesn't mean that it should be compared to Android widgets. PA, Apple, and anyone else trying to actually compare widgets between iOS and Android is a joke. Android widgets sit on the home screen, are resizable, they interact with the UI. IOS widgets only work with the notification shade period. Wiencon above saying he likes iOS widgets better. Just proves my point. He is trying to compare Apples to Oranges. So he likes Apples notification shade? Where do you think Apple got the idea of that from? Until Apple implements widgets in their UI. Then you can start to compare. Until that time, anyone comparing widgets from the two platforms is a moron.

5. RajRicardo

Posts: 489; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

LOL! iOS had no place on the homescreen to implement the widgets since it is already cluttered and useless. Hence they used the notification drawer. Android on the other hand has incredible customization options and app drawer. Android > iOS in customization.

8. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

You all Android fans say that, but You don't really think about it. If You don't want widgets in notifications menu, just disable it. What is awesome about those widgets is that I can access them from every app, this is something Android widgets don't offer and for me it's most crucial feature. I read some article on web and don't understand one word? No problem just pull down notifications, one tap and I have the word translated. On Android I would have to quit the app, search for widget on homescreen or find app in drawer, open it and then return to browser. And all that bi.ching about no place on home screen - sorry, but only Fandroids get so excited about having customisable home screen because when You start thinking about it the only purpose of app drawer is to launch app from there, I didn't notice ANYONE using iOS who would complain about not having widgets on homescreen. Sometimes it makes me laugh that Android is most open OS, but its users are most close-minded. Please use something first and then criticise it, because I am more than 110% sure that You haven't used iOS widgets in Your life.

11. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

I'm more than 200% sure that I have used them and can attest to the fact that not only are these NOT widgets on iOS, but Android's are 100 times better. Maybe its YOU who have never used Android widgets before. I can assure you, only iOS users get excited about actions in the notification center. Something Android users have already had and are used to.

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Sorry but this is untrue. Android does support widgets in the notification area too. You don't need to go back to the home screen first. It's great to have both. Widgets on my home screen are used to make the home screen look the way I like it. The widgets in my notification area are all about functionality. So I'm pretty sure you haven't used widgets in Android to its full extend to comment this nonsense. And you might not get the customizing home screen thing, there are a lot of iPhone users who do and jailbreak their phones to be able to do just that. Cydia is full of apps that give this functionality. That you don't know anyone, says nothing at all.

15. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Well, if it's true than I apologize, but when I recently used Android on 5.0 the only apps that used NC as widget area were music players. I know it's great to have both, but I just want to let You know that not everyone is so crazy about designing their home screens because in the end it has no point. I remember when I was hyped for arranging my home screen like guys on MyColorScreen but it really isn't anything special. And to all of You, why can't You just accept that some people prefer other solutions? Windows had widgets for years before Android, it is not that Google invented it (hell, Symbian and my Samsung S8300 had it before), it all comes down to preferences and what is useful to specific people.

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

+10 Customization and/or widgets all come down to personal taste. Business wise I use an iPhone 5s and don't feel the need to customize the s**t out of it. I use it to call, mail, text and a few other apps. And don't need it to be personal, just use it.

17. Paximos

Posts: 282; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Then don't come here and say that iOS implementation is better... Having said that, I used Android for the longest time, never used widgets...So, it is all about how "YOU" like it.. "(2. Wiencon (Posts: 1157; Member since: 06 Aug 2014) And You may find it weird but I like iOS implementation of widgets way better than on Android)"

6. ph00ny

Posts: 2024; Member since: May 26, 2011

I'm completely opposite from you. I think iOS widgets are way too convoluted specially on smaller devices

13. kryme

Posts: 468; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Wow are u serious???

14. waddup121 unregistered

wait ios has widgets?

4. gaming64 unregistered

Great widgets by the way. Thanks phoneArena!

9. Simona unregistered

these are no ''real'' widgets the widgets are which are placed on home screen and that poor iOS doesn't support bcos it has individual icon allocations only .. not possible be connected

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Widgets aren't that practical.

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