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iOS 8 introduces Notification Center widgets. This article will show how to install, arrange and remove widgets on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
iOS 8 is a huge leap forward for Apple’s mobile operating system. They are finally incorporating some of the customization features that have been available on Mac OS X for over a decade. Other mobile operating systems have offered customization for a few years, and Apple still lags behind in this respect.
Apple had different priorities for iOS, and valued graphics performance, security, battery life, and zero-latency multimedia over customization. They noticed that Mac users weren’t using most of the customization features available to the Mac. I think they had the correct priorities. The fundamentals are more important than UI glitter. I have used a Mac for quite some time, and never found widgets to be useful. I still prefer full apps to widgets on my iOS devices.
Widgets are small apps that offer scaled-down functionality. They are intended for easy access and quick use. Many widgets are used to display information, and are useful for assembling a dashboard. Widgets can also perform many tasks that once required an app. In this article, we’ll take a look at how to install, arrange and remove PCalc Lite — an app that comes with a calculator widget.
How to Install a Widget on iOS 8
Before you install a widget, you need to download an app that offers one. PCalc Lite is a useful app that adds a calculator widget to Notification Center. This will enable you to simply swipe down from the top of your screen and perform calculations.
First, launch the App Store and then tap on the search field in the top right. Enter “PCalc” in the search field and then tap Search on the keyboard. You will see two apps on the results screen. Tap the FREE button on the PCalc Lite panel, and then tap INSTALL. The App Store will prompt you for authentication, and your app will begin downloading.
When PCalc Lite has finished downloading, you won’t need to launch the app to enable the widget. Widgets are made available to Notification Center after the app has been installed. Swipe down from the top of the screen to display Notification Center. If the Today view is not shown, tap on the Today button. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap the Edit button. You will see a screen with all of your widgets. Widgets at the top are currently active. Widgets below the Do Not Include label are inactive. To activate the widget, simply tap the green circle with the plus sign, located to the left of PCalc Lite. Tap Done on the top right of the screen when you are finished.
That’s it. Your widget is now installed. Whenever you launch Notification Center, you will see this widget in the Today view. If you need to perform a quick calculation, you can use the widget instead of launching an app. (continue…)