What you need to know
- Apple added widgets to the iOS 14 Home screen.
- Popular weather app Weather Line has been updated to support them.
- If you set it up just so, you can create the perfect weather view right on your Home screen.
If there's one type of information that lends itself to being used in an iOS 14 Home screen widget, it's weather data. Weather forecasts are glanceable and you might want to see them without taking time out to find them. So when Weather Line got a new update with widgets, it was always going to be a fun time.
Sure enough, the app doesn't disappoint. There are multiple widgets to choose from and they can all show different kinds of information. If you're particularly cunning you can even create the most perfect weather widget by putting hourly and weekly forecasts into a single stack. Swipe up or down on one and you have instant and easy access to all the weather data you need!
20 themes! That isn't all, either. If you're a Supercharge member – available via in-app purchase and with additional perks – you can enjoy an air quality index view with a four-day forecast as well.
I was a big fan of Weather Line already and now it has pride of place on my Home screen. You can try it for yourself, for free, by downloading it from the App Store (opens in new tab) right now.
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.
People are forgetting widgets existed before. The were just relegated to left of home page. You now get to put them helter skelter all over, and have some size choices.
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