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This Week in Apps: Redesigning the iOS 14 home screen, app makers form 'fairness' coalition, latest on TikTok ban

Added 09-26-20 01:04:02pm EST - “As a result, widgets have a consistent look-and-feel, thanks to things like size limitations and other design guidelines. Apple may have originally envisioned widgets as a way for existing iOS apps to gain a larger presence on users'…” - News.yahoo.com

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Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all.

The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher than those without a mobile focus.

In this series, we help you keep up with the latest news from the world of apps, delivered on a weekly basis.

The release of iOS 14 included one of the biggest updates to the iPhone's user interface in years. Apps can now be stored off screen in the new App Library where they're organized for you, as opposed to you being forced to categorize apps yourself into various folders. And Apple finally allows for home screen widgets -- a development that left Android users snickering about how "behind" their iPhone-using counterparts have been all this time.

But as with iOS apps, Apple's design constraints and rules around widgets mean there's a standard that all widgets have to meet to be approved. As a result, widgets have a consistent look-and-feel, thanks to things like size limitations and other design guidelines. They can't be stretched out indefinitely or moved all over the screen, either.

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