Productivity guru Thomas Frank shows off iOS 14's 'powerful new productivity feature'

Apple Watch SE With iPhone Running Widgets
Apple Watch SE With iPhone Running Widgets (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Productivity guru Thomas Frank has been sharing how he uses iOS 14.
  • He's able to create a productive iOS 14 Home screen using widgets.
  • A combination of Shortcuts and widgets gives him a quick way to do all kinds of things.

Thomas Frank knows a thing or two about being productive so when he says iOS 14's new Home screen widgets are a big deal, it's worth paying attention. That's exactly what he did earlier today, sharing a YouTube video that explains how he's using Shortcuts and widgets to access everything from a Spotify workout playlist to his Notion database.

People have been using shortcuts for some pretty amazing things for years, but the addition of Home screen widgets makes it easier than ever to run them. By creating a few relatively simple shortcuts, Frank is able to make it easier and quicker than ever to get to the information he needs, when he needs it.

iOS 14 released a couple weeks ago with a ton of new features, but none of them are more exciting to us productivity nerds as the new Shortcuts widget.

Why not check out the video and then read our guide to see just what you could do with Shortcuts? You might be surprised to see just what that app is capable of.

Oliver Haslam

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.