Thanks to iOS 8, apps can now display helpful information right on your lock screen through widgets.
We've collected the 10 best apps that use widgets creatively to keep you up to date and entertained — all from your iPhone's lock screen.
From alerting you to when you've only reached your data cap to showing you the best headlines from The New York Times, these widgets pack some power.
See the best of the New York Times with NYT Now.
Every day, the editors at The New York Times send their favorite stories to the NYT Now app, along with important articles from other sources. The app's widget shows you the most recent headlines so you can jump right into an article or just skim the day's news.
DataMan keeps you informed about how much data you have left.
If you're always worried about going over your data cap for the month, you should definitely try DataMan. The nifty little app keeps track of how much data you have left, and the app's widget makes checking your usage lightning-fast.
Yahoo Weather is the most beautiful weather app out there.
Yahoo Weather has been updated to look incredible on the iPhone 6's bigger screen, and thanks to its iOS 8 app extension, you can now check out the current weather around you with a single swipe down of the Notification Center.