iOS 14 beta: It’s complicated finally when you do get to install it,your iPhone is going to look totally the sameand it’s gotta look the same’cause Apple’s not gonna move your stuff aroundon your home screen but Apple is finally changingwhat you can do on your home screen.
Is it a little bit more like Androidor Windows Phone?Yes, there are widgets that you can put rightin your home screen and there is this app drawer.They call it an app library thingbut it’s also different.And you know what, you know me,anytime I see a big user interface change,I need to talk about it so here’s the question,why did Apple finally let the iPhone home screenget a little complicated.Alright, so obviously the big headline news is widgets.
You can put them wherever you want on any home screen.They’re not just trapped in this vertically scrollingtoday view that you have right now.I still have the today view actuallybut now you can put them anywhere,you can intersperse them with your iconsand your folders.
So it’s just like Android,except not really for a couple of reasons.The first reason is,I just think these widgets look betterthan Android widgetsand widgets they’re not that well supported.And I don’t know,I just have a sense that these are all gonnajust be a little bit nicer on the iPhone.
The other reason I don’t think it’s like Androidis because it’s more like Windows Phone.All of these widgets they basically comein three different sizes, small, medium, and large.They all sort of fit into rectangles or squareswhich means that they fit into a gridthat feels a lot more like a lifestyle home screenWindows Phone than an Android home screen does.
Okay, so widgets how do you use them?Well, it’s pretty simple.You can long press on them on the today viewand then drag them outto where you wanna put them on the home screenand then you can put them anywhere you wanton your home screen.
Except not because Apple still forces icons and foldersand widgets to flow in from the upper leftand then across and down.You can’t just put an icon on the bottomof your Home screen like you can on Androidbecause
Apple apparently hates people having their iconsor they can reach them more easily with their thumb or,but hates people seeing you know their wallpapers.I don’t get it.Anyway, there’s one other way to get at widgetsand that’s actually the more fun wayand that’s to go into jiggly mode.
So we should talk about jiggly mode for just a second.You long press anywhere in the home screento get into jiggly mode and I’m saying jiggly modebecause that’s officially what it’s called nowin my opinion.
because Apple itself called it jiggly modein the keynote and when you’re in jiggly mode,you get the minus buttons as usual,and I’ll get to those in a secondbut you also can tap this little plus buttonin the upper left hand cornerto get to the gallery of widgets.
You can search for them, you can tap on an appto see the available sizes for that apps, widgetsand then you can grab one of them with a long press,drag it out and then move it anywhere you want,anywhere you want on your home screen.
New really interestingfeature
But jiggly mode actually has one new really interestingfeature that I wanna get to really quick.If you tap on the dots that representall your different pages on your iPhone,it opens up a view of all of your pages on one screenand you can turn them on and off so you can uncheck themand then they aren’t there scrolling on your iPhoneor you can go back into jiggling mode,go back into those pages and turn them on.
So in theory, you could have a page that’s like,specifically for work and you turn it onwhen you’re at work and then you uncheck itto turn it off for the weekend so you don’t get out therewhen you’re scrolling through your iPhone.
You can do the same thing with social media apps,if you’re afraid you’re gonna look at them too often.It’s really, really clever.The other thing I love about Apple’s widgetsis you can stack them.
You can have them all in a stack and swipe through themwith your thumb to get to the one that you want.Now, this does mean that developershave to redo their widgetsso the old widgets that you currently havein your today view won’t automatically workon the home screen.
And that’s for battery life actuallybut it also brings up an interesting featurewith these stacks.There’s a smart stackso when the App Maker remakes their widget,they’re able to put a timeline on it that says,well, you should update my app at 4:25,there’s a storm comingand it’s really, really importantand so that smart stack will look at all the widgetsin the stack and see which one thinks it’s most importantand then float that one to the top which is really clever.
I hope nobody abuses the priority thing, we’ll see.So that’s widgets but to me,the bigger change for the iPhone isthis thing called the app library.See on Android, there have historically been two placeswhere your apps could show up.
There’s the home screen where all you know,you rearrange all your appsand put them in folders and put widgets there and whatever.
And then Android also has the app drawerwhich is usually just an alphabetical listingof all of your appsand so Apple is now doing the same thing.
Your apps might not be on your home screenif you choose not to put them there.They might instead be in the app libraryor in both places like Android.So that is a bit of complicationthat wasn’t really they’re before on the iPhone.Now the app library the way Apple implemented it,it’s interesting.
You can swipe down to get a alphabetical listof all of your appsif you just wanna find something that wayor Apple puts them in these little categoriesand it figures out on its own.
So there’s suggestions in the upper leftand that is four apps that Apple thinksyou might wanna launch and I don’t know,we’ll see how accurate that is, often it’s not.There’s a recently added box for all the appsthat you’ve just installedand then the rest are just categories that Apple decided on.
I think they’re based on like the store categories.I don’t love them.So for example, my WiFi utility app,eero is in the lifestyle category for some reason,the Apple Store is in the lifestyle categorywhich I guess makes sensebut the productivity category has my banking appswhich I don’t loveand you can’t actually customize any of this.
And so it’s not so much that Apple stole this ideafrom Android as they kind of stole it from Samsungbecause Samsung has an app storebut they kind of try and customize it for youwith all these little categoriesand it’s just a little bit too confusing.We’ll see how this goes.
Remember where your stuff
I think that eventually you’ll learn where your stuff isand if you can’t remember where your stuff is,well guess what, you can put it on your home screen.
The interface is also interestingbecause it shows three big iconsand then for little icons and they do different thingsdepending if you tap on it,if you just tap on one of the big icons,it doesn’t open a folder it like opens the whole appwhich is like surprising.
If you tap on the little icons,you get a listing of everything inside that categorybut there’s no obvious way to get out of it.You have to know to sort of tap on a blank spaceon the screen or swipe up to go backjust like going home.
So the app library is fascinating to mebecause it is the first real timethat Apple has added real complexityto the iPhone home screen.
The third application is this thing called App Clipsand these are just like instant apps on Android.They’re little baby versions of an appthat you don’t technically like go throughthe full Apple Store install process.
You can install just a little baby version of the appon the fly when you need it and then it sits thereinside your app library, the little dotted line around itand eventually goes awayor if you want the full version of the app,you can tap on the app clipand then you can install the full versionof the app from the App Store.
The idea behind it is actually really clever.Sometimes you wanna do a thing that only an app can dobut you just don’t want the whole damn app sitting thereon your phone forever.
So a good example of this isif you’re renting a smart scooter or paying for parking,I don’t know I go to a random city,they have their own custom parking app.I don’t, I’m gonna, I don’t want that app.I’m gonna delete it.
I’m gonna forget to delete it.I’m gonna be annoyed and might track meand I don’t know.Just having an app clip for that thing is really smartbut I don’t know how much use this thing isactually going to get because if you think about it,you’ve got webpages for stuff .
you just wanna look atand you want to go away pretty much right awayand you got apps for things that you wanna be permanentand App Clips live in the middle for thingsthat can do things that webpages canbut you don’t want them to stick around like full appsand.
I just don’t know how many things live in thatthe middle zone like parking meters, renting scooters,maybe you know paying for like certain things or like a,I don’t know, amusement park app or somethingbut really that’s about it.You install them using QR codes or NFC codesor maybe it’ll be some custom URLsbut we’ll have to see justhow much developers really adopt this kind of thingbecause on Android it’s sort of been seen that many of them.
Alright, so let’s review the ways that I think Applehas made the iPhone home screen more complicated in iOS 14.There are widgets that you can put anywhereon the home screen and you can scroll through theminto little stacks that might algorithmicallytry and figure out which one should go at the topat any given moment.
There’s the new jiggly modewhich lets you go to the app pages viewand turn app pages on or off if you don’t wanna haveto see them at a certain time of day or whatever.
There’s the app library which meansthat your apps are potentially in two different places,the home screen or the app libraryand your home screen folders in your app library folderswork a little bit differently and last but not leastthere are App Clips which is a whole new kind of appand you need to know what that meansor what the dotted line around an icon means.
And that those apps might go away in 30 daysif you don’t use them.Oh, and there’s actually one more complication.There’s now a setting for the home screenwhere you can go in and decide whether app badgesshow up in the app library and whether new appsshow up on your home screen.
So that’s a lot of complicationand it probably sounds like I’m complainingabout all that complication but I’m actually notand don’t get me wrong,I can complain about complication on Apple’s platforms.
I think that Apple has made the iPad way too complicatedwhen it comes to selecting text or knowing what’s going onwhen there’s multiple windows especially multiple windowsfrom the same app.But on the iPhone, I think it’s differentand that’s because the defaults on the iPhoneare not complicated.
You don’t have to learn any of this stuff,the widgets, jiggly mode, even the app libraryyou could ignore even though it’s over there.The defaults are still the classic grid that you’re used toand you can just keep using your iPhone in the same old waythat you always have.So well Apple makes you understandthe new iPad OS interface.
They’ve made it more complicated.With the iPhone, Apple lets it get complicated.You get to do this new stuff if you want toor you can ignore it.If you don’t know me, obviously I’m a power user.
I wanna use all this new stuffand I’m really excited to try a bunch of it outand make this thing just feel a little bit morelike it’s mine and a little bit more like it’s customizedto the way that I wanna use smartphonesand so it’s great that I have that optionbut if you don’t, I think it’s also greatthat you don’t have to.
Everybody, thanks so much for watching.Let me know what you think of the iOS 14 home screen stuffdown in the commentsand I know I said I wouldn’t cover everythingin iOS 14 and I meant itbut I do have to point out that there’sthis new feature and accessibilitywhere you can double tap the back of the phoneor triple tap it to do custom actions.