Top IPhone Widgets You Should Be Using
Fantastical 2 is a gorgeous app with an incredible natural language entry algorithm, and its widget is both beautiful and functional. The app includes features like reminders and alerts you can set up by just typing "remind me to _____," along with a handy Notification Widget that shows you your monthly calendar and daily schedule with just a swipe. If you've got a busy schedule, it's important to keep on top of your daily appointments as efficiently as possible. Fantastical 2 is available for $4.99 from the App Store.
#6. PCalc Lite
If you need a feature-rich calculator, PCalc Lite is a powerful choice. While the full app offers a wealth of features including unit conversion, multiple undo and redo, and many scientific calculator functions, the widget is much more basic. This is precisely what you need in the Notification Center: quick and easy addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. PCalc Lite is available for free on the App Store.
#5. NYT Now
NYT Now's widget puts your daily briefing and top stories right in your Notification Center. You can quickly and easily skim the top news articles of the day without even unlocking your iPhone. The app's widget shows you the most recent headlines so you can jump right into an article or just skim the day's news. When you want to read more of a story, all you have to do is tap on the headline to open the article in the full NYT Now app. NYT Now is available for free on the App Store.
It doesn't matter if you're writing, scanning business cards, collecting pictures, or making a list, Evernote is the go-to app for the majority of users who want to store projects and sync them across devices. The widget lets you quickly create notes from the Notification Center, and you can now save content directly to Evernote using the iPhone's share menu. Evernote is a free download from the App Store.
#3. Yahoo Weather
Weather with a side of snarky humor is a great combination. Yahoo Weather has been updated to look incredible on the iPhone 6's bigger screen, and thanks to its iOS 8 app extension, you can now check out the current weather around you with a single swipe down of the Notification Center. Yahoo Weather is the most beautiful weather app out there.
#2. Day One
Day One is a modern journaling app that keeps journaling simple yet elegant. The modern journaling app includes a Notification Center widget that allows you to see flashbacks of your previous entries right from your lock screen. Available for $4.99 on the App Store, Day One is a must-have app with a should-use widget.
#1. Orby Widgets
Last, but definitely not least, is Orby Widgets. This lovely app adds a collection of widgets for your notification center, giving you everything from speed calling to data about your iOS device to social media sharing buttons. If you like to tinker and want to create your own iPhone command center, this is the widget app to download. For a full rundown on the capabilities of Orby Widgets, check out Sandy Stachowiak's article on making the most of your Notification Center. Orby Widgets is available for $0.99 on the App Store.
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