What you need to know
- The Abode app on iPhone now has support for both Home screen widgets and Shortcuts.
HomeKit accessory maker Abode has updated its iPhone app to include support for Home screen widgets as well as new shortcuts that can be used to manage alarms, run quick actions, and more.
The new update is available as a free download from the App Store and is all about making it easier to see information and take action without actually having to open the Abode app first. I'm absolutely here for that, with the full list of changes also including new filtered timeline events to boot.
Existing users can download the update via the Software Update mechanism in the App Store while everyone else can get their hands on it right now.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.