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Putting Nasa’s Astronomy Picture of the Day On My Homescreen Finally Convinced Me to Use a Widget

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Just a few weeks in, I’m nonetheless unsure why I ought to embrace iOS 14’s most notable function: widgets. However developer Mark Hambly has managed to persuade me to surrender a few of my treasured residence display actual property with a simple widget that shows Nasa’s Astronomy Image of the Day each time I unlock my iPhone.

The free APOD Astronomy Pics and Widget app (which additionally doesn’t include any advertisements) is obtainable within the iTunes App Store proper now for iPhones and iPads operating iOS 14, naturally, and whereas performance is easy, it does the one thing it promises to very properly. Customers can add the widget to their residence display in three totally different sizes; a 2×2 or 4×4 sq., or a wider 2×4 rectangle, and day by day it is going to robotically refresh and show the present Nasa Astronomy Picture of the Day.

Clicking on the widget pops up Nasa’s official description of the picture for individuals who aren’t simply in it for the attention sweet. When you don’t assume you’ve got the endurance to attend a complete day for the widget to replace with new imagery, there are alternate variations of the APOD widget as properly together with one which shows a random Astronomy Image of the Day each time you unlock and open your telephone, and one which solely reveals your favorites which may be denoted in Hambly’s app.

As Apple continues to open up its cell working programs and improve the methods customers can customise their units, possibly someday even dynamic wallpapers will occur. As entertaining as this widget is for astronomy followers, the pictures are nonetheless comparatively small, and I’d a lot choose to see my iPhone’s lock display wallpaper up to date with the Nasa APOD each morning.

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Andrew Liszewski