iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 Gain New App Store, Find My, Contacts, Sleep, Game Center and Mail Widgets

The iOS and iPadOS 15 updates that were released today introduce several expanded widget options, which can be used on the Home Screen or in the Today section of the Notification Center on the iPhone and iPad.

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Apple has created several new widgets for Apple products and services, as listed below:

  • Find My - Track your friends and personal items from the ‌Home Screen‌.
  • Contacts - Includes options to call, Message, FaceTime, locate, or email contacts, and with Family Sharing, you can approve purchases or Screen Time requests from kids.
  • Game Center - The Continue Playing widget shows recently played Game Center games, and a Friends Are Playing widget shows the games your friends are playing.
  • App Store - The App Store widget displays stories, collections, and new in-app event options on the ‌Home Screen‌.
  • Sleep - Shows data about how you slept and lets you review your sleep schedule.
  • Mail - Shows your latest email at a glance and offers up access to one of your mailboxes.

In iPadOS 15, widgets on the ‌iPad‌ mirror widgets on the ‌iPhone‌ and can be placed anywhere on the ‌Home Screen‌ for the first time, rather than being limited to a specific widget block.

Apple has also added a new Default widgets feature that shows a default layout with widgets from the apps you use most arranged in Smart Stacks, plus there are new intelligent widget selections.

Suggested widgets from the apps that you use will appear in your Smart Stack at the right time based on past app usage activity, and you can now reorder your Smart Stacks.

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oneMadRssn Avatar
41 months ago

[HEADING=2]iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 Gain New App Store, Find My, Contacts, Sleep, Game Center and Mail Widgets[/HEADING]
This headline makes it seem like there is a new App Store, Find My, etc. A clearer headline should read "iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 Gain New Widgets for App Store, Find My, Contacts, Sleep, Game Center and Mail"
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ansath Avatar
41 months ago

Isn't there a parcel tracking widget too? Or was that a demo of a 3rd party app?
https://parcel.app

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Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NorthernSkyLights Avatar
41 months ago
So pretty much ios15 just minor updates it’s more like ios14. Feels like much of the rumors were a bit off on what they thought. Don’t get me wrong at least there some good stuff. Though a overhaul on icons would of been nice and so on.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kirky29 Avatar
41 months ago
Without a doubt the most disappointing and boring release. Exif in photos is decent though.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kev0172 Avatar
41 months ago

Isn't there a parcel tracking widget too? Or was that a demo of a 3rd party app?
3rd party app called Parcel. The widget is already available.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
_Spinn_ Avatar
41 months ago
I can see the FindMy widget being useful. Glad to see Apple is creating more widgets.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)