Apple’s much-anticipated new operating system, iOS 8, was released to the public on Sept. 17.
Among the changes is something called widgets in the Notification Center. Widgets give you information at a glance, right from the Notification Center screen. Some widgets even allow you to interact with the app, without having to actually go to the app and open it.
To see which apps you own that already take advantage of Notification Center widgets, go to the “today” section of Notification Center and scroll down. Tap on “Edit,” and you’ll see a list of apps that you can see from the Notification Center.
Widgets in Notification Center make it easier to interact with apps, without having to launch the app itself.
Some apps that take advantage of widgets come preloaded on your phone, such as the Stocks app and the Reminders app.
There are a bunch of apps that take advantage of widgets, and the list will just keep growing.
Note-taking app Evernote places a handy quick-launch bar in the Notification Center. From there, you can create text, take a picture, access your photos, create a reminder, or make a list -- all without even opening the app.
Dropbox lets you quickly glance and open your most important files, right from the Notification Center. You can also track newly added files, and see what changes were made recently, like new file names. Clicking on any of the files launches the app.
The widget also separates the files with different tabs if you have both a personal and business account.
Quick-Tap allows you to quickly launch specific actions -- like texting, calling, and even a quick link to the Maps app -- straight from the Notification Center.
You can also edit each section as well as section title. The app is free, but in-app purchases allow you to edit how it looks even further.
Be warned, though. Apple recently pulled a similar app from the App Store, called Launcher, so there's no telling what's in store for Quick-Tap.
Vidgets is a simple way to get important phone information right in your Notification Center. Some of the widgets (like the clock and battery life meter) might be redundant. But it can show you how much storage you have on your phone, as well as
App in the Air is a flight-tracking tool that puts handy info, such as flight number, flight duration, and check-in time, right in the widget. The app is compatible with TripIt, making it a great tool for frequent travellers.
Sky Guide is one of the most comprehensive star guides in the App Store, and its widget is quite handy. It shows you information regarding rise and set times for the sun, moon, and planets. And it even tells you if there's something special going on in the night sky, such as a meteor shower or eclipse.