Poll results: what you think about the new iOS 10 widget screens

Poll results: what you think about the new iOS 10 widget screens
So, iOS 10 is coming and with it, a number of (overdue?) improvements, among which larger notification cards and widget screens! And widgets, especially 3rd party ones, are still a fairly new thing for iOS. Sure, developers have had almost 2 years to play with them now, but the mere fact that widgets can only be placed in the notifications shade and nowhere near homescreens seems to kill their usability for many users. As a result, the concept is not very well developed.

With iOS 10, users will get a widget page right on the lock screen, and a widget screen right next to the homescreen, so the little information cards should definitely become a bit more popular! Still, we were curious what you think about the current widget system, as it is on iOS 9, and whether you are excited about what's coming. Here's what readers voted on!

iPhone users: Do you use widgets now and would iOS 10 change that in any way?

I am perfectly fine with the current widget style. I don't care about the new widget screens
11.25%
I do use widgets now, but the new widget screens will definitely make it easier for me
38.66%
I hate the current widget system. The new widget screens will finally make widgets usable for me
21.05%
I still don't care about widgets on iOS
29.04%

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17 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I personally will turn them all of, for God's sake, it's lockscreen, there should be only little information there, Clock, date, music buttons and that's that. The point was to not accidentally turn something on, now this point is gone because both iOS and Android lockscreen are cluttered. It's just another home screen page and it should be on homescreen

4. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Your first sentence solves your problem. What are you complaining about?

15. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

This is the reason why he turned them off. What's wrong with you??

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Widgets only show information, only the one you just need to have right there (reminders, for instance). Widgets that allow you to interact are having rudimentary functions (music player) so the phone can't be harmed. I like better today panel in iOS 9, but I guess the future one should have to do.

10. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I believe that widgets will still be available via the pull down shade.

11. AlikMalix unregistered

I hope you're right, if the to have a static place for widgets (I only use one - iOS delivers information differently than android - no much use for widgets). But it's nice to access any info you deem necessary at any time, inside any app, during a call/FaceTime. Or as people forget - pull down is available on locks teen (instead of on screen away from prying eyes).

9. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I am using the developer preview of iOS 10. The widgets are not on the lock screen directly. You need to swipe to the right in order to open the widgets. This means the widgets are turned off by default. You activate them by going to the respective home screen.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

My body is ready.

6. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Ready to marry an iphone?

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No. I don't love a phone that much.

8. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

You're in denial.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Whatever Podprick.

17. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

But, you are a woman. How will you doing that? mmm.... you know what I mean.

3. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I rarely use widgets.. I even tend to forget they're there lol! Though they're quite nifty if I do get the time fiddling around sooo... meh

12. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

As some one using the beta for almost 5 days now I think the widgets are pretty much useless but in all ios10 even at a beta stage is more fun and intuitive than the 9. I love the looks also, something is changed graphically but I can't pin point what exactly it is. The graphics appear more sharper and clearer overall. It's a nice update over iOS 9 but the widgets are still pretty much useless.

13. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Wasn't this article here before???

14. pt020

Posts: 160; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

they are still in 2010

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