I’ve had it on my agenda since iOS 14 was released to write about my favorite software, and I’ve somehow not gotten to it. I imagine that when different apps send new versions with new widget implementations, and when I measure how I actually use home screen modules, my default configuration will fluctuate slightly. But for now, here are the ones I liked:
Fantastical offers many widget styles in all sizes, but my favorite is Up Next, which is a very simple text entry of what comes up on my agenda. Since I installed this widget, I rarely need to switch to Fantastical on my iPad.
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I’m also impressed with Carrot Weather’s collection of different widget options. You can choose between Snark, Forecast, Time, Daily and Weather Map. The forecast widget starts every hour, but in the evening it goes into daily mode.
My only real request for carrot is some alternative visualization options. I want the opportunity to see the daily forecast with more emphasis on ups and downs, which brings me to …
Here’s a little secret: All widgets are the same. Weather Line is an iPhone app that does not even try to display properly on the iPad. But the widgets work perfectly! I installed Weather Line on my iPad so I could use the Daily Forecast widget, which shows a chart of expected high temperatures for next week. It’s the perfect visualization for me. (Weather Line was just updated with PurpleAir air quality support as well.)
Since then, I have also created a second scriptable widget that talks to my local weather station and pulls down current temperature, altitude, low and temperature trends. That widget lives next to my air quality widget on my iPad, and they are stacked together on my iPhone.
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