iOS 14 home screen widgets have proven to be incredibly popular, and although they are also available in iPadOS 14, there is one major limitation. On the iPad, widgets can only be added to the sidebar today, but a new concept envisions what the iPad home screen might look like if that were to change.
While iOS 14 widgets can be added directly to your home screen and mixed and matched with multi-page apps, this is not the case in iPadOS 14. On the iPad, the new widgets can only be added to the Today view, which appears along the left side of the first homepage.
Matt Birchler’s new concept imagines what “proper widget support” on the iPad might look like. In this scenario, you will be able to add widgets directly to your iPad home screen and blend widgets with traditional app icons.
Funny fact, did you know that depending on your iPad size, state, and orientation, your icons will be either 38, 46, 58, 62, 64, 68, 76, 88, 96, 102, 118, or 137 points apart in the user interface? It is true! This idea that the icon grid is in any way fixed and cannot be changed is not backed up by how the home screen already works. My solution actually reduces the variation in distance we have today, which ironically makes the web more consistent than it is today.
Here’s a video clip of how iPad Home screen widgets could work:
The desire for widgets on the home screen of the iPad is clearly there, with over 90% of respondents in a 9to5Mac poll saying that you “absolutely” should be able to place iPad widgets anywhere you want. Maybe it will come in a future iPadOS update, such as iPadOS 15, but for now it is not possible.
Another missing feature on the iPad with iPadOS 14 is the App Library. On the iPhone, the App Library houses all your downloaded applications, which means you do not have to keep every app on your home screen. Whether this will also come to the iPad with a future software update remains to be seen.
What do you think of this concept? Should you be able to place iPad widgets on the home screen? Let us know in the comments.
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