As one of the most popular mobile phones in the world, many people use iPhone in daily life. Actually, the widget is an indispensable part of the iPhone using process. With the release of IOS 14, how to find some useful widgets and apply them in this new system has become a concern question for many players. Today, the author will introduce some useful widgets to you.

Lire 4

Lire is a reading application that pays much attention to the reading experience, and the application has recently launched the 4th generation version, which also adapts to the new features of IOS 14. Lire provides 2 kinds of widgets for viewing “Hot Links” and all subscribed new articles. Each widget has 3 different sizes, and there is no difference except the number of displayed contents.

In addition, it can open in Full-text View. In fact, For the extraction of text in full-text view, most reading applications are similar. The advantage of lire is that you can individually set whether to use “full-text mode” by default for each feed. The specific setting method is: find the “Article Options” item in the “Settings” menu, and then set each reading source separately in the “Open in Full-text View”.

After enabling this feature, Lire will automatically grab the full text and show it when you read the articles of the corresponding feed. If you do not enable this feature, the articles you read will still be in the original abstract form.

Lire supports mainstream RSS subscription services such as Inoreader, Feedly, and Newsblur. However, lire does not support self-built RSS service subscription tools. If you choose a self-built RSS service, you cannot use lire normally. There are some RRS which can be used in lire:


LookUp is an application that relies on word cards to learn words efficiently. Moreover, LookUp also provides us with two widgets, “Collections” and “Quizzes” for users’ different needs.

The “Collection” widget can save the vocabulary you need, such as GRE vocabulary, SAT vocabulary and so on. The “Quizzes” widget allows you to learn word questions and answers directly from the corresponding vocabulary table. In addition, it will also display the correct rate of your latest questions and answers, so as to help you better understand your learning situation.


Email is also an important way for us to receive information. Spark, as a free and easy-to-use email tool, is a very powerful desktop widget. Spark’s widgets are very useful. It can not only display your current unread emails, but also enter directly to the corresponding emails for follow-up operations.

In addition, Spark also added a special function: the schedule for the widgets, you can check your next schedule through the corresponding widgets. For people who often use Spark for office, these small widgets can help you greatly increase efficiency.

Of course, it can be used easily. It will grab the subject of the email as a task or note, and the content of the email will be filled in the task details or note body. It is very convenient to not need to copy everything manually. For some applications such as Trello, Asana, etc., Spark can only add emails to them in PDF format. For different third-party applications, Spark has also customized the function of the operation box. For example, when you add emails to Evernote, you can select notebooks, add tags, and other operations; while using Reminders, you can also set reminder times, select lists and other functions.

You can download Spark for free in the App Store.

Besides that, widgets can also provide feedback on our daily lives. For example, task management applications are very suitable to be placed on the desktop, always reminding yourself how many things have not been done. With the interaction of small widgets, users can also implement actions such as quickly adding tasks and marking tasks as completed, which further improves efficiency.


Todoist provides 3 kinds of small components, and they are relatively simple in function, similar to a “quick menu” with display function. The “Task” widget is like a simple memo. You will write down the tasks you need to complete today. When you click, you can enter the corresponding task. “Efficiency” can be used to track the completion of your goals, while “New Task” is just an enlarged button for quickly adding new tasks.

You can long press the “New Task” widget and set it in the context menu in detail, such as the name of the task, the project to which it belongs, and even the label, due time, and priority can be modified. For some tasks with high repetitiveness but uncertain time, it is convenient to have such a small component to quickly add tasks.

Specially, there is a similar record application about your health:


HabitMinder is a very comprehensive habit-forming tool, including specific exercises, meditations, abstract expressions of gratitude, etc. As long as it is a habit you want to develop, you can use HabitMinder to achieve it. HabitMinder has 3 kinds of widgets, which are used to track the completion of your tasks for the day.

The HabitMinder widget can focus on a specific habit and track its completion progress, while the “next habit” will display all the unfinished habits of the day. Habits such as walking and drinking water can be used to synchronize data through the “health” application, but if it is a more abstract habit such as “expressing gratitude”, it needs to be recorded manually. HabitMinder’s small widget allows you to quickly complete a habit, just click the button on the right side of the progress bar to complete it with one click.

Similarly, you can download Spark for free in the App Store, too.

In conclusion, Whether it is displaying information or performing simple interactions, the small widget of IOS 14 can bring us a different experience. You can download the widget you like and modify your system to meet your daily use.

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