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In praise of Apple’s new Contacts widget for iPhones and iPads


While we wait for Apple to properly repair Safari’s user interface, there’s good news: the all-new Contacts widget in iOS 15 is going to be really useful, not just to every iPhone or iPad user, but to every enterprise user, too. Because the widget turns your device into a powerful contact and communication management system.

How so? Read on.

A useful addition to the Home Screen

Contacts is, well, basically a contacts book. But Apple has improved it with the addition of a vamped-up widget in iOS 15.

You add the widget just like any other, long-press on an app or widget on your device and select Edit Home Screen, tap the plus (+) button and then choose one you might want to use.

If you install the Contacts widget, you get what I think is a powerful and useful tool to provide you with a valuable personal information manager. It’s available in four configurations: A single-pane view connects you to the person you communicate with the most, and four-, six-, and 10-person views are populated automatically. The widget tracks the people you are in contact with most and makes them available to you via the widget.

That’s nice when you want a quick-and-easy way to contact your partner, family, or close friends who you might be in contact with frequently. But it should be of equal value to any enterprise worker involved in frequent communication with internal or external partners. It makes it easy to contact that person directly from the home screen.

Staying on top of relationships

But that’s not the reason I think so highly of this widget. It’s what happens when you tap one of those panes that makes it exciting, because if you interact with that contact a lot, then what you’ll see when you tap their icon is a digest of all your recent interactions.

You can see recent Messages, emails, photos ,and shared links; any files that mention that person; any shared Notes; calendar appointments that feature that person; and all recent Reminders.

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