What you need to know
- Sometimes you just need instant access to a web page but don't want to open a browser.
- The arrival of iOS 14 means you can now put widgets on your Home screen.
- Now there's an app that lets you put your favorite website right on your Home screen.
Have you ever wanted a way to put a web page right on your Home screen, making it easy to glance at data and whatnot? I know I have, which is why Glimpse 2 is so interesting to me. It makes use of iOS 14's support of Home screen widgets and it's all very fancy indeed.
The premise is as simple as it sounds. You tell Glimpse 2 which website you want to see and then select the area that you want to appear in a widget. You get to choose between large and small widgets, and that's all there is to it.
And yes, there's an iPad app as well.
Decide that you want to see the full web page instead of a portion of it? No problem, just tap it and it'll open in your web browser. Just as you'd want it to!
I'm a fan of Glimpse 2 and I'm using it for football scores right now. It's available for free from the App Store (opens in new tab) and there are in-app purchases available so you can pay what you think Glimpse 2 is worth. I'd encourage you to do exactly that, too.
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.
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