After being disappointed with the implementation of widgets in earlier versions of iOS, I wasn’t sure how useful I’d find iOS 10-centric widgets. But after using iOS 10 for the last few months, I can say for sure that widgets are now more useful than they’ve ever been. Here’s a brief look at five widget-bearing apps worth considering this weekend.

In its compact view, Fantastical’s iOS 10 widget displays the most recent upcoming event on your calendar. After expanding the widget using the ‘Show More’ button in the upper right-hand corner, users are greeted with a full month view with selectable days and events. Tapping an event will open the full app directly to the event’s details page.

  • iPhone & iPad (separate purchases)
  • $4.99

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If you run your own YouTube channel, then you’re probably used to frequently checking your current subscriber count. YTCount lends users access to the most up-to-date subscriber counts right from an iOS 10-ready widget.

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If you’re looking for an iOS 10-ready clipboard manager, then Copied is well up to handling the task. The Copied widget allows you to quickly identify and store clipboard contents. And when you happen to need access to a saved snippet, it only takes a tap.

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Shazam’s iOS 10 widget is basically just a link to its full app, but tapping the widget will start the app’s song identification process as soon as it opens. I often find myself wanting to identify music playing in my vicinity, so having this widget near the top of my list is a no-brainer.

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It’s kind of crazy that PCalc’s Lite version is as full featured as it is, but developer, James Thompson, is confident that those who try it will want to upgrade to the full version of the app, or at least take advantage of some of the Lite version’s in-app purchases.

The PCalc Lite widget is everything you’d expect a PCalc widget to be. Its compact view stuffs in all of the basic calculator essentials, while the expanded view ushers in a more traditional-looking calculator.

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What apps do you recommend?

This is my second Friday 5 post, and I’m actively browsing the comments of these posts to learn about your favorite apps for inclusion in future entries. With this in mind, please don’t hesitate to share your recommendations down below in the comment section.

If you weren’t able to catch last week’s Friday 5 post, you can view it here and/or watch its video below.

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