In what was one of the shortest event-to-release windows in Apple history, the company released iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 14, and tvOS 14 yesterday, only one day after the September event where it unveiled the Apple Watch Series 6.
The move actually created a bit of angst for developers, who were also given extremely short notice that Apple had opened the floodgates to accepting iOS 14 app submissions; even though the developer betas have been out since WWDC back in June, so developers have had lots of time to get their apps ready, they actually can’t submit them to the App Store until such time as Apple grants the go-ahead, after which they still need to be reviewed before they’re available for download.
In the past, this has usually landed around the same time that Apple releases the “GM” or “Gold Master” version of iOS — basically the name for the final release that developers get in advance of the public release.
Technically, this year wasn’t any exception to that particular policy, except that Apple only gave the GM versions to developers on Tuesday night — less than 24 hours before iOS 14 et al would go out to the world at large.
That said, it seems that some developers have managed to get their iOS 14 updates published and ready to go despite the short timeframe, which also suggests that Apple’s App Store Review team was probably running at full steam ahead to approve and push these updates live.
While we’ll undoubtedly see more iOS 14 updates appearing over the next few days and weeks, this means that there are already some key apps that are ready to take advantage of new iOS 14 features, including the marquee new home screen widgets, which were available throughout the public beta cycle, but until now have been limited to a handful of Apple’s own first-party apps.
Just keep in mind that you’ll need to open these apps at least once after installing their latest updates before their new widgets will appear.
Read on for 14 apps to try out if you’re itching to see what the new iOS 14 widgets can do for you.