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The Best Widgets for iOS 10 Home and Lock Screens

When you only have a few minutes, there is no better way to stay on track, up to date, or in-the-know than with handy Home and Lock screen widgets.

Stay In-the-Know

See the headlines that you really care about with a simple peek.

Flipboard: News For Every Passion

Your news interests done your way

Flipboard: News For Every Passion

Flip through your news

For those who like a customized news feed.

Flipboard deserves its spot as one of the best known news and content aggregation apps on the iOS platform. The app is beautifully designed, optimized for iPhone use, can be connected to most social media accounts, and now even supports podcasts and music via an in-app player. Flipboard’s true power lies in its content catalog, which includes many of the biggest names in blogs and news, any website with an RSS feed or Twitter account, and, most importantly, content chosen by Flipboard staff and other interesting personalities. These curated topics are similar to sections in a newspaper, but they combine information from many different sources— it is essentially a folder in an RSS reader, only you don’t have to create it. More, Flipboard continually updates its catalog and creates new curated topics for timely events; for example, in March, I used Flipboard’s NCAA March Madness section to help fill out my bracket. The app is very responsive, but lacks a list or headline-only view, which is likely to disappoint those who want a quick overview of current news. Although there is room for improvement (e.g., the ability to add more sources to your flipboard), Flipboard is still a top option for news reading on the iPhone.

Why we love it

Flipboard offers a super nice, customizable interface. View categories in a tiled layout, search by keyword, follow friends, and receive shared stories from other users. Flipboard is perfect when you want to get serious about tailoring your news interests.

Quartz • News in a whole new way

Get news in a whole new way with Quartz where it feels more like a conversation.

Quartz • News in a whole new way

Jump right in

For those who would like a friendly, unique way to view the news.

Quartz is truly a unique way to get your news. With fun GIFs and attractive photos, it really does feel like a text conversation with your friend. When it is time to get serious, you can read the full story with a simple tap. The customized notifications are great, the Apple Watch support is a definite plus, and overall it is just a light and pleasant way to check out the news each day.

Why we love it

Quartz makes consuming news a fun conversation. Instead of being tasked to read an entire story you get the headlines. Want more info and you'll get it. Want less info you can just move on to the next story.

BuzzFeed News

Get hand-picked news right to your device.

BuzzFeed News

Browse the news

For those who like a variety of news topics.

BuzzFeed News provides stories hand-picked from BuzzFeed. From world news to technology to entertainment, the app covers the topics you need the most. With a responsive interface that is super easy to navigation, customized alerts for the news you want to stay up to date with, and simple sharing options for each article, you cannot go wrong with this app as your news source.

Why we love it

BuzzFeed News makes staying up to date on important happenings worldwide a breeze. Get the news you want and need in an easy-to-use app with notifications for what matters most to you.

Name That Tune

Check out what song is playing or get the lyrics to sing along.

Shazam - Discover music, artists, videos & lyrics

For song recognition, new artists, music news, television, and more.

Shazam - Discover music, artists, videos & lyrics

Identify music automatically

For people who love music and want to know what's playing.

You are riding in the car, dancing at the club, or dining at a restaurant and hear a cool tune. Just pop open your Shazam app and hit that Shazam button. Maybe you love the song and want to buy it or maybe you just want to see who sings it or what the title is. Either way, once you tag a song it is saved in your Shazams for later.

Why we love it

Shazam is a must-have app for music lovers. Discover new tunes, purchase songs you love, check out music news, and explore the charts.

Get The Score

Check out the scores for your favorite teams at a glance.

ESPN: Get scores, news, alerts & watch live sports

Keep up with your favorite teams, share scores with iMessage, and never miss a game.

ESPN: Get scores, news, alerts & watch live sports

ESPN: Get scores, news, alerts & watch live sports

For those who like to get scores, news, and watch live sports.

For the best in sports, the ESPN app is the app to have. Scores, news, and live events are all at your fingertips. Stay up to date on your teams when you are out and about with Apple Watch support and share scores quickly right within iMessage. No matter what your favorite sport is or which team you prefer, ESPN has you covered.

Why we love it

If you love sports, then the ESPN app is a must-have. Stay up to date with professional and college sports, scores, news, and events.

Check the Weather

Look at your upcoming forecast or current conditions with a swipe.

Weather Underground: Custom Forecast & Local Radar

Get the current conditions and upcoming forecast with a terrific weather watching app.

Weather Underground: Custom Forecast & Local Radar

Weather-Underground

For those who like weather apps with interactive maps and Home screen widgets.

For serious weather watchers, Weather Underground is a wonderful resource. With forecasts, interactive maps, wind speed, precipitation percentage, and more, you cannot go wrong with this robust weather tool. The app also offers two convenient widgets to keep you up on the current conditions at a glance. Weather Underground is a popular online weather service, and its app doesn’t disappoint.

Why we love it

Whether you want quick weather information or detailed features you can sink your teeth into, Weather Underground is a terrific tool.

CARROT Weather - Talking Forecast Robot

Get the forecast with a side of snark

CARROT Weather - Talking Forecast Robot

Get detailed forecasts and sarcasm

For anyone who wants a fun weather app.

CARROT Weather is a sleek app that combines a snarky, sarcastic AI with detailed weather forecasts. Every time you launch the app, you'll be greeted with a hilarious comment from CARROT herself, while she gives you the day's forecast. You can swipe to view the weekly or hourly forecast, view comprehensive details about a bunch of weather data like humidyt, precipitation, etc. There is even a time travel feature where you can go back in time to see what the weather was like, and she can try to predict the future weather too. The Notification Center widget is packed with a bunch of information as well, so you can get a quick glance at the forecast and then carry on with the rest of your day.

Why we love it

It's funny and cute while providing you with comprehensive forecast data.

See Your Schedule

For a quick glimpse at your schedule, a calendar widget is perfect.

Fantastical 2 for iPhone - Calendar and Reminders

One of the best calendars for your iPhone

Fantastical 2 for iPhone - Calendar and Reminders

Customize

Anyone who wants a gorgeous and intuitive calendar app with natural language input should use this.

Fantastical has quickly become the gold standard of calendar apps. This app has been overhauled for iOS 8 and brings with it some new tricks. Fantastical still has its innovative split view where you see the month and your list of appointments on a single screen. It still supports natural language input. It still looks amazing. Fantastical 2 integrates reminders. Just use the same plain English approach to create reminders that save right into iCloud. Some great enhancements include: a map on events with an address, a new light theme, the ability to open locations in Google Maps, and even Google Chrome support for URLs. There are more features and amazing parts to Fantastical 2 than anyone can say in a single blurb, so check it out for yourself and see what the hype is all about.

Why we love it

Fantastical 2 continues to be one of the most beautiful calendar apps around and the natural language support is superb. It is also intuitive to use and packs in plenty of features.

Calendars 5 - Daily Planner and Task Manager

Readdle lets you manage your calendar and tasks together

Calendars 5 - Daily Planner and Task Manager

Your schedule at a glance

For those who want to manage their schedule and tasks from one app.

Calendars 5 is a complete solution for those who want to manage their schedules and their tasks from one central hub. Calendars 5 fetches your calendar data from iOS or Google Calendar, and you can see your native Reminders items and other to-dos right from the same interface. Calendars 5 also uses natural language input so it's easier than ever before to add new events and reminders. The app shows you your entire schedule in convenient month, week, day, or agenda list views so you can see everything you need in one glance. A great feature of Calendars 5 is the fact that the app can even send you SMS alerts for your appointments, which means you'll be reminded even if you miss the original push notification. It's a complete and comprehensive solution that makes planning your life easier than ever before.

Why we love it

We like Calendars 5 because it provides an all-in-one solution for those who want to see their schedule and tasks in one place, together. The app is simple and intuitive to use and has many powerful features that make scheduling and creating tasks a breeze.

Timepage – Calendar by Moleskine

Digitally plan your days with Moleskine

Timepage – Calendar by Moleskine

Heat maps of your schedule

For those who like a classy and timeless look for their digital planners.

Moleskine Timepage is a feature-rich scheduling solution from the company who brought you the cult-classic analog notebooks and planners. In Timepage, users get a classic agenda-style interface of their calendar (fetched from the native Calendar, or you can sync with Google or Outlook) with the list view on the main screen. A swipe from the left takes you to the monthly views, where you get heat maps of how busy a day is so you can plan accordingly from a glance. Tapping on a day shows you all of the day's events in a list, and you can even get a quick overview of the weather or an hourly forecast. Selecting events reveals more details like a map, how long it will take you to get there via various modes of transportation, who else is attending, any notes, and more. Timepage also makes use of natural language input for creating new events so you don't have to fiddle around with annoying text boxes, and everything about the appearance can be customized to your liking, including the colors.

Why we love it

We love Moleskine Timepage because it has a super tasteful design that is not obnoxious or cluttered, and the colors really compliment the aesthetics well. It's easy to see how your schedule is going to be from a glance, and the extra bits of data that you get from viewing events is a great touch.

Get Things Done

Stay on task or grab what you need with handy productivity widgets.

Todoist: Todo List for Organizing Work and Errands

Manage your life with this powerful to-do app

Todoist: Todo List for Organizing Work and Errands

Natural language input

For those who want a powerful yet flexible to-do app with fast cloud syncing.

Todoist is so powerful because it can be used for anything from the smallest to the largest task. It can be used for complicated team management all the way to little tasks you need to do. It also has a great Apple Watch app. Along with faster loading times, you can also use customizable Complications to see the number of tasks due today or the next upcoming task. With a Complication selected, you can Time Travel using the Digital Crown to view upcoming tasks along with due dates and times. Thanks to interactive notifications, you can dictate replies to comments. It's great for collaboration in an office environment, between family members, and more.

Why we love it

If you're looking to jump head-first into task management, this is a great choice. Along with being available on basically any platform imaginable, the app is powerful and easy to learn - a great combination.

Take a Break

Relax, unwind, and meditate with the tap of a widget.

Calm: Meditation to Relax, Focus & Sleep Better

Take a break, unwind, or fall asleep to the calming, soothing sights and sounds.

Calm: Meditation to Relax, Focus & Sleep Better

Calm: Meditation to Relax, Focus & Sleep Better

For those who like to meditate or use relaxation tools.

When you are ready for that much-needed break in your day, Calm is the app for you. Relax, breathe, and meditate with the soothing sights and sounds. With the widget, you can begin your Daily Calm with a tap. Calm: Meditation techniques for stress reduction offers both guided and unguided sessions to help you reduce your stress and anxiety during your afternoon, unwind after a long day, or fall asleep at night.

Why we love it

Calm: Meditation techniques for stress reduction is a wonderful tool to help you relax. Check out the meditation sessions or just use the app to unwind.