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  • - So iOS 14 is here.

  • Well, it'll be here this fall,

  • but it's announced

  • and developers can try it right now

  • plus there's going to be a public beta in July.

  • So when you do get to install it,

  • your iPhone is going to look totally the same

  • and it's gotta look the same

  • 'cause Apple's not gonna move your stuff around

  • on your home screen but Apple is finally changing

  • what you can do on your home screen.

  • Is it a little bit more like Android

  • or Windows Phone?

  • Yes, there are widgets that you can put right

  • in your home screen and there is this app drawer.

  • They call it an app library thing

  • but it's also different.

  • And you know what, you know me,

  • anytime I see a big user interface change,

  • I need to talk about it so here's the question,

  • why did Apple finally let the iPhone home screen

  • get a little complicated.

  • Alright, so obviously the big headline news is widgets.

  • You can put them wherever you want on any home screen.

  • They're not just trapped in this vertically scrolling

  • today view that you have right now.

  • I still have the today view actually

  • but now you can put them anywhere,

  • you can intersperse them with your icons

  • and your folders.

  • So it's just like Android,

  • except not really for a couple of reasons.

  • The first reason is,

  • I just think these widgets look better

  • than Android widgets

  • and widgets they're not that well supported.

  • And I don't know,

  • I just have a sense that these are all gonna

  • just be a little bit nicer on the iPhone.

  • The other reason I don't think it's like Android

  • is because it's more like Windows Phone.

  • All of these widgets they basically come

  • in three different sizes, small, medium, and large.

  • They all sort of fit into rectangles or squares

  • which means that they fit into a grid

  • that feels a lot more like a lifestyle home screen

  • Windows Phone than an Android home screen does.

  • Okay, so widgets how do you use them?

  • Well, it's pretty simple.

  • You can long press on them on the today view

  • and then drag them out

  • to where you wanna put them on the home screen

  • and then you can put them anywhere you want

  • on your home screen.

  • Except not because Apple still forces icons and folders

  • and widgets to flow in from the upper left

  • and then across and down.

  • You can't just put an icon on the bottom

  • of your Home screen like you can on Android

  • because Apple apparently hates people having their icons

  • or they can reach them more easily with their thumb or,

  • but hates people seeing you know their wallpapers.

  • I don't get it.

  • Anyway, there's one other way to get at widgets

  • and that's actually the more fun way

  • and that's to go into jiggly mode.

  • So we should talk about jiggly mode for just a second.

  • You long press anywhere in the home screen

  • to get into jiggly mode and I'm saying jiggly mode

  • because that's officially what it's called now

  • in my opinion because Apple itself called it jiggly mode

  • in the keynote and when you're in jiggly mode,

  • you get the minus buttons as usual,

  • and I'll get to those in a second

  • but you also can tap this little plus button

  • in the upper left hand corner

  • to get to the gallery of widgets.

  • You can search for them, you can tap on an app

  • to see the available sizes for that apps, widgets

  • and then you can grab one of them with a long press,

  • drag it out and then move it anywhere you want,

  • anywhere you want on your home screen.

  • But jiggly mode actually has one new really interesting

  • feature that I wanna get to really quick.

  • If you tap on the dots that represent

  • all your different pages on your iPhone,

  • it opens up a view of all of your pages on one screen

  • and you can turn them on and off so you can uncheck them

  • and then they aren't there scrolling on your iPhone

  • or you can go back into jiggling mode,

  • go back into those pages and turn them on.

  • So in theory, you could have a page that's like,

  • specifically for work and you turn it on

  • when you're at work and then you uncheck it

  • to turn it off for the weekend so you don't get out there

  • when you're scrolling through your iPhone.

  • You can do the same thing with social media apps,

  • if you're afraid you're gonna look at them too often.

  • It's really, really clever.

  • The other thing I love about Apple's widgets

  • is you can stack them.

  • You can have them all in a stack and swipe through them

  • with your thumb to get to the one that you want.

  • Now, this does mean that developers

  • have to redo their widgets

  • so the old widgets that you currently have

  • in your today view won't automatically work

  • on the home screen.

  • And that's for battery life actually

  • but it also brings up an interesting feature

  • with these stacks.

  • There's a smart stack

  • so when the App Maker remakes their widget,

  • they're able to put a timeline on it that says,

  • well, you should update my app at 4:25,

  • there's a storm coming

  • and it's really, really important

  • and so that smart stack will look at all the widgets

  • in the stack and see which one thinks it's most important

  • and then float that one to the top which is really clever.

  • I hope nobody abuses the priority thing, we'll see.

  • So that's widgets but to me,

  • the bigger change for the iPhone is

  • this thing called the app library.

  • See on Android, there have historically been two places

  • where your apps could show up.

  • There's the home screen where all you know,

  • you rearrange all your apps

  • and put them in folders and put widgets there and whatever.

  • And then Android also has the app drawer

  • which is usually just an alphabetical listing

  • of all of your apps

  • and so Apple is now doing the same thing.

  • Your apps might not be on your home screen

  • if you choose not to put them there.

  • They might instead be in the app library

  • or in both places like Android.

  • So that is a bit of complication

  • that wasn't really they're before on the iPhone.

  • Now the app library the way Apple implemented it,

  • it's interesting.

  • You can swipe down to get a alphabetical list

  • of all of your apps

  • if you just wanna find something that way

  • or Apple puts them in these little categories

  • and it figures out on its own.

  • So there's suggestions in the upper left

  • and that is four apps that Apple thinks

  • you might wanna launch and I don't know,

  • we'll see how accurate that is, often it's not.

  • There's a recently added box for all the apps

  • that you've just installed

  • and then the rest are just categories that Apple decided on.

  • I think they're based on like the store categories.

  • I don't love them.

  • So for example, my WiFi utility app,

  • eero is in the lifestyle category for some reason,

  • the Apple Store is in the lifestyle category

  • which I guess makes sense

  • but the productivity category has my banking apps

  • which I don't love

  • and you can't actually customize any of this.

  • And so it's not so much that Apple stole this idea

  • from Android as they kind of stole it from Samsung

  • because Samsung has an app store

  • but they kind of try and customize it for you

  • with all these little categories

  • and it's just a little bit too confusing.

  • We'll see how this goes.

  • I think that eventually you'll learn where your stuff is

  • and if you can't remember where your stuff is,

  • well guess what, you can put it on your home screen.

  • The interface is also interesting

  • because it shows three big icons

  • and then for little icons and they do different things

  • depending if you tap on it,

  • if you just tap on one of the big icons,

  • it doesn't open a folder it like opens the whole app

  • which is like surprising.

  • If you tap on the little icons,

  • you get a listing of everything inside that category

  • but there's no obvious way to get out of it.

  • You have to know to sort of tap on a blank space

  • on the screen or swipe up to go back

  • just like going home.

  • So the app library is fascinating to me

  • because it is the first real time

  • that Apple has added real complexity

  • to the iPhone home screen.

  • The third application is this thing called App Clips

  • and these are just like instant apps on Android.

  • They're little baby versions of an app

  • that you don't technically like go through

  • the full Apple Store install process.

  • You can install just a little baby version of the app

  • on the fly when you need it and then it sits there

  • inside your app library, the little dotted line around it

  • and eventually goes away

  • or if you want the full version of the app,

  • you can tap on the app clip

  • and then you can install the full version

  • of the app from the App Store.

  • The idea behind it is actually really clever.

  • Sometimes you wanna do a thing that only an app can do

  • but you just don't want the whole damn app sitting there

  • on your phone forever.

  • So a good example of this is

  • if you're renting a smart scooter or paying for parking,

  • I don't know I go to a random city,

  • they have their own custom parking app.

  • I don't, I'm gonna, I don't want that app.

  • I'm gonna delete it.

  • I'm gonna forget to delete it.

  • I'm gonna be annoyed and might track me

  • and I don't know.

  • Just having an app clip for that thing is really smart

  • but I don't know how much use this thing is

  • actually going to get because if you think about it,

  • you've got webpages for stuff that you just wanna look at

  • and you want to go away pretty much right away

  • and you got apps for things that you wanna be permanent

  • and App Clips live in the middle for things

  • that can do things that webpages can

  • but you don't want them to stick around like full apps

  • and I just don't know how many things live in that

  • the middle zone like parking meters, renting scooters,

  • maybe you know paying for like certain things or like a,

  • I don't know, amusement park app or something

  • but really that's about it.

  • You install them using QR codes or NFC codes

  • or maybe it'll be some custom URLs

  • but we'll have to see just

  • how much developers really adopt this kind of thing

  • because on Android it's sort of been seen that many of them.

  • Alright, so let's review the ways that I think Apple

  • has made the iPhone home screen more complicated in iOS 14.

  • There are widgets that you can put anywhere

  • on the home screen and you can scroll through them

  • into little stacks that might algorithmically

  • try and figure out which one should go at the top

  • at any given moment.

  • There's the new jiggly mode

  • which lets you go to the app pages view

  • and turn app pages on or off if you don't wanna have

  • to see them at a certain time of day or whatever.

  • There's the app library which means

  • that your apps are potentially in two different places,

  • the home screen or the app library

  • and your home