Apple has announced iOS 14 onstage at WWDC 2020, giving the first (official) look at the latest version of its software for the iPhone, and it's bringing the biggest change to the iOS home screen in years: widgets.
Widgets come in a variety of sizes and can still be viewed in the Today view, but in iOS 14, Apple allows widgets to be added to the main Home screen to live right alongside your apps. To add them, there's a new "widget gallery" where users can easily add and customize widgets. There's also a new "Smart Stack" widget that automatically shows relevant apps based on the time of day.
Apple also announced a new "App Library" view that automatically organizes apps into new groups and lists. Thanks to that new App Library view, Apple allows users to now hide apps on their "main" home screen. It looks pretty similar to Android's app drawer, but with some additional smart grouping features - like automatically pulling out all your Apple Arcade games into one batch.
In another new feature, Apple is adding system-wide picture-in-picture to iOS videos. Much like on macOS, videos will hover over apps, can be adjusted in size, and collapsed into the side of the display to continue playing in the background.
The last few iOS updates have been very hit-or-miss, with last year's notoriously problematic iOS 13 following the incredible solid (from a performance standpoint) iOS 12, which in turn brought much-needed stability to the buggy iOS 11.Developing... we're adding more to this post, but you can follow along with our WWDC 2020 live blog to get the news even faster.