Launcher permits you to create iOS widgets that show or disguise based mostly on day, time or location
You could keep in mind Launcher because the as soon as-banned iOS widget which Apple booted from the App Retailer after its approval, then months later allowed again in. The issue Apple had with the app, seemingly, is that its sole existence was to be a widget supplier – the app by itself didn’t supply any standalone performance past widget configuration. Immediately, Launcher is out with its first vital replace since its App Retailer return over a yr in the past, with a brand new model that introduces help for a number of widgets which can be custom-made to show or turn into hidden based mostly on day, time and site.
Wait, a number of widgets that may seem or disappear based mostly on numerous consumer-configured settings? That’s very intelligent. (Aspect observe: Apple, please don’t ban Launcher 2.zero.)
Launcher, in case you missed it the primary time round, is a kind of iOS widget that permits you to add shortcuts to apps and numerous duties (like putting a telephone name or posting a tweet) proper within the iOS Notification Middle.
Because of its precedent-setting debut on the iTunes App Retailer, it opened up the market to different builders who needed to make extra useful widgets able to launching apps and taking actions, comparable to Workflow and Launch Middle Professional. These apps supply a unique method of utilizing the purposes put in in your telephone – as an alternative of getting to hunt for them by swiping via screens, or calling them up by means of Highlight Search, you possibly can merely faucet on a button within the Notification Middle.
The app can even prevent time, because it permits you to configure workflows and add one-contact actions to the Notification Middle like “name your spouse,” “get instructions house,” message a pal, name for an Uber, launch your favourite playlist, and rather more.
Within the new model of Launcher, the app now allows you to arrange these actions and shortcuts into teams every contained in their very own widget. In different phrases, you might have a widget of apps you employ at house, one other for work, or you can separate your most-typically used shortcuts from the remaining in a separate widget.
What’s actually fascinating right here is that Launcher enables you to management whether or not its particular person widgets are displayed on hidden based mostly on the day of the week, time of day, or location. In different phrases, you can make your “House” widget group solely seem if you have been at residence, or set your “Work” widget to solely seem Monday via Friday. You may make a gaggle of shortcuts that solely seem once you’re on the fitness center, or in a specific metropolis. (Sadly, although, it’s a must to manually create your geofences by dragging a circle round on a map.)
You’ll be able to customise the identify of every widget and icons – making them spherical and even creating your personal icons.
Plus, the app’s newest model enables you to backup and restore your widgets by way of iCloud Backup.
The app itself is a free obtain on the App Retailer and helps as much as eight launchers on iPhone and as much as 12 on iPad in a single widget. Nevertheless, should you improve to the Professional model, you possibly can have as much as 35 launchers per widget, and you may configure their measurement, and even disguise their labels to make them extra compact.
As well as, Professional customers can entry dynamically updating “magic launchers” which let you see issues like present and future climate circumstances, ETAs to locations, Uber time estimates, battery, CPU, reminiscence, and disk area utilization in your gadget and extra.
The Professional model is $four.ninety nine however is at present discounted to $2.ninety nine. In the meantime, a $2.ninety nine improve to unlock as much as 5 extra widgets can also be out there. This additionally permits you to configure the widgets based mostly on time and site, and again them up.
Each function units can be found for $four.ninety eight.