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Not to be confused with the Widget drive used by the Apple Lisa computer.
WidgetKit icon

Icon of the WidgetKit API

A widget is an applet that is a feature of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS.

History[]

Mac OS X[]

Mac OS X 10

Widgets in the Dashboard of Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger".

Widgets were first introduced in April 2005 as part of the Dashboard in Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" and were discontinued with the release of macOS 10.15 "Catalina" in October 2019.[1]

macOS[]

Widgets were re-introduced in November 2020 with macOS 11 "Big Sur" in a Control Center that resembles iOS and iPadOS.[2]

iOS[]

Starting with the release of iOS 14 in September 2020, widgets can be placed anywhere on the home screen that can accommodate the widget's size. Widgets in iOS 14 can be displayed in 4 sizes: Small, which looks like a small tile, Medium, which looks like a square, and Large, which looks like a rectangle. There is also an Extra Large size for some apps like Weather and News.

Smart Stack is a feature in iOS 14 that allows quick scrolling through pre-selected widgets within the confined Today View space. Swiping up and down will let you change the displayed widget.

iPadOS[]

As of iPadOS 14, widgets cannot be placed in the home screen, but can be accessed in Today View. This can be accessed by swiping left, like in iPadOS 13.

Customization[]

The free 3rd-party utility My Widgets allows the creation of custom widgets for iOS and iPadOS.[3]

References[]

  1. Apple will permanently remove Dashboard in macOS Catalina by Nick Statt, The Verge. 2019-06-04.
  2. Here’s a first look at the new Control Center and widgets on macOS Big Sur by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac. 2020-06-25.
  3. My Widgets, Apple App Store. Accessed 2020-10-03.

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