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iOS 14 - All the Little Things

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gwhizkids

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But they didn't. You see my point.

Only half the screen? why not more?

If you compare the state of iOS widgets (only just released with much hoopla) to what 'droid has had for many years, I am massively disappointed with it.

The door to Android awaits you. Please open that door, if this initial implementation infuriates you so much.
 
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C DM

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Yes, on my home screen where I can quickly swipe between them. Just like Android has had for a long time.


Not perhaps. I positively have a use.


Finally. Just like Android has had for a long time.


Based on everything I just said, it is a crippled, inferior implementation of widgets and it's very late to the game. Is that better?
So are you trying to say that things can be improved and adjusted, which has something to it? Or simply that Android has done it differently which can be better for some people -- which is all fine but is basically neither here nor there for those who are using iOS devices?
 
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timelessbeing

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The door to Android awaits you. Please open that door, if this initial implementation infuriates you so much.

I've already been to Android, and I'm on Apple right now. But thank you for giving me permission.

Just look how many years it took Apple to finally copy Android and separate the home screen from the app library.
 
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timelessbeing

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why can't I get the calendar widget to show me upcoming events? I've set it "Mirror Calendar App" and my calendar is in agenda view. But all the widget shows me is "no more events today".
 
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why can't I get the calendar widget to show me upcoming events? I've set it "Mirror Calendar App" and my calendar is in agenda view. But all the widget shows me is "no more events today".
Do you actually have any events for today? It won't show ones further in the future, apart from in the evening when it should show one for tomorrow. If you do have events today, click on ithe widget, wait for Calendar to open, and then hope the widget works out that things have changed and lists the events.

Do note that there's a long-running bug that any current event is deleted from the widget after 15 minutes, however long it is.
 
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timelessbeing

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if it's unable to show future events then it's nearly useless, and the mirror function doesn't actually mirror. There should be an agenda view, just like in the app.
 
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C DM

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if it's unable to show future events then it's nearly useless, and the mirror function doesn't actually mirror. There should be an agenda view, just like in the app.
Some alternative calendar widgets might be of some help:
 
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Frozen Meat

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I've already been to Android, and I'm on Apple right now. But thank you for giving me permission.

Just look how many years it took Apple to finally copy Android and separate the home screen from the app library.
Does it look like such a complicated idea that something need to be copied here and that it took years? Short answer is no. Apple chose to not implement it until now because they had other priorities. Very simple to understand.
 
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gwhizkids

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It's plainly obvious to me that Apple had priorities other than good usability. It's practically slapping me in the face.

We get it: you’re unhappy.

I think most people would tell you that Apple products are generally easier to use than comparable Android-based products (Android has other strengths for other users), so I don’t think you’re correct there.

As someone else pointed out, there are better agenda displaying widget products than Calendar. Fantastical has a great one that I use. Try some out and maybe that will help.
 
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C DM

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Some of us find the app library is harder to use than the standard screens
Then don't use it. Unlike before, you have a choice now. That's the whole point.
 
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timelessbeing

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Just don't swipe over there. Big deal. You want an option to turn it off? Sure. I don't care. I love app library. Now my home screen isn't cluttered with crap I don't use on the daily.
 
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C DM

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Just don't swipe over there. Big deal. You want an option to turn it off? Sure. I don't care. I love app library. Now my home screen isn't cluttered with crap I don't use on the daily.
The linked thread on that topic covers it all fairly well.
 
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dwfaust

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You're jumping to conclusions just like stumpy over there.

I am happy, or I wouldn't be using an iPhone would I? I'm just pointing out things that Apple did which I find frustrating. That is something people can do in a discussion forum right?



I disagree. I think most people understand that Apple likes to make headstrong decisions and stubbornly sticks to them, even though they can be obviously terrible ideas. (butterfly keyboards ?)

In the mobile segment, it's a close race. Android does some things a lot better than Apple. That's why Apple copied them eventually. But it took a long time because Apple is rigid like that. Apple 'experience' comes first. Logic and common sense come second.

This place is full of fanatics who get butt hurt, ready to defend everything Apple does, whenever you have anything critical to say.

A couple of things:

First of all, for all of it's warts, Apple is significantly more proactive when it comes to security and personal privacy (and their respect and protection of same). Unlike the competition, who makes the bulk of their revenue by prying into your personal stuff and targeting ads at you for the trouble.

Secondly, Apple has reasons for their decisions, just like everyone else. Some of the time, that makes sense to you, and other times it doesn't. They are true to their guiding principles, regardless of what the masses think or say.

Finally, yeah, this is a computer forum whose basis for existence is the discussion of Apple products. Of course there will be "fanatics" here. Just like the Windows forums and Android forums are full of their "fanatics". It kind of goes with the territory. At the very least, that should not come as a shock to anyone.
 
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