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Apr 12, 2001

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.


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.

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


macrumors 6502a
Jan 31, 2016
How about fix the awful Reminders widget instead? Also, a Safari app would be great, with links to your favorite pages.
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macrumors 6502a
Jul 10, 2010
the could really give the contacts app some love - just being able to see to which account a contact belong and even move contacts between accounts would be great.
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macrumors demi-god
May 14, 2012
Glasgow, UK
Yeah noticed the contacts app had been changed annnnd my numbers have disappeared/ lost their names, seems to be slowly sorting itself out??


macrumors demi-god
Jun 9, 2018
When people were asking about the old versions of the widgets this time last year, (or the pop ones when you 3D touched), I said these would probably come with iOS 15. Glad I was right.


macrumors 6502
Apr 2, 2021
Not surprised, since it doesn't have the bedtime/sleep tracking on it, only on iPhone and Apple Watch.
Definitely, just unfortunate — so many good QOL improvements today that added a bunch of parity but when it comes to stuff like shared Watch/Health data, there’s still some ways to go.


macrumors regular
Dec 17, 2019
Does tapping the weather widget finally bring up a weather app on iPadOS? With all the new functionality they totally missed a great opportunity if it doesn‘t.


macrumors 68000
Sep 18, 2013
  • Give us a 5 app per row grid (because the screens are BIG NOW)
  • Give us the ability to put something anywhere on the screen (instead of top down).
  • Give us the ability to remove the damn text on an app. I mean seriously.
another year another disappointing release.
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