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Spotlight in iOS 8: Explained

Spotlight in iOS 8: Explained

Spotlight is the name of Apple's system-wide search feature on both the Mac and iOS. With iOS 8, Spotlight is getting some new smarts, including location and context awareness, so it can help you find not only what you're looking for on your iPhone or iPad, but on the web as well. But how does...
iOS 8 introduces new Spotlight search

iOS 8 introduces new Spotlight search

As part of the announcement of iOS 8 today at WWDC, Apple unveiled and redesigned Spotlight for iOS. Spotlight now features suggestions, just like on Yosemite. Spotlight will now show you more when you search. You will see things like apps from the App Store that you don't already have,...
iOS 8 wants: A smarter, contextually aware Spotlight search

iOS 8 wants: A smarter, contextually aware Spotlight search

Imagine if, in iOS 8 or some future version of Apple's mobile operating system, Spotlight became a secondary, text-based point of access to Siri, able to parse the same type of natural language queries and commands, and retrieve the same kinds of responses, and perform the same kinds of actions?...
How to search for apps with Spotlight in iOS 7

How to access and use Spotlight search on your iPhone or iPad

Spotlight is an easy way to find almost anything on your iPhone or iPad. From the field you can search for music and apps, contacts and email messages, and much, much more. Best of all, Spotlight is easily accessible from the Home screen — any Home screen! How to search using Spotlight on your...
iOS 7 wants: Siri access via Spotlight

iOS 7 wants: Siri access via Spotlight

Apple greatly expanded Siri in iOS 6, adding a host of new features including sports, movies, and dining results, far better language support, and even an Eyes Free driving mode for when hands-free usage is paramount. But what about Voice Free? Having a conversation with your iPhone or (soon)...
Add calculator functionality to iOS search with QuickMath [jailbreak]

Add calculator functionality to iOS search with QuickMath [jailbreak]

QuickMath is a new tweak that allows you to do simple math functions within iOS search. If you're a Mac user you're probably already use to this kind of functionality within Spotlight. I've definitely caught myself a time or two swiping to search on my iPhone to do a simple math problem and...
Daily Tip: How to remove Spotlight search from your iPhone or iPad using NoSpot [Jailbreak]

Daily Tip: How to remove Spotlight search from your iPhone or iPad using NoSpot [Jailbreak]

Don't use Spotlight on your iPhone very much and wondering how you can just remove the feature altogether? If you have a jailbroken iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad there's a free and easy way to stop Spotlight from ever bothering you again, and we're going to show you how after the break! To...
Daily tip: How to customize Spotlight results on an iPhone or iPad

Daily tip: How to customize Spotlight results on an iPhone or iPad

Been using Spotlight search on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad but curious how to customize your results? Part of what makes iOS Spotlight great is the fact that you can tailor the results to show up just the way you want them to. Read on for a quick and easy way to customize Spotlight to fit...
How's your iPhone 3G on iOS 4 working?

How's your iPhone 3G on iOS 4 working?

It's been a little while now since iOS 4 was released so we thought we'd check back and see how it's working (or not) for those of you with the 2008 iPhone 3G? My iPhone 3G (above, yeah, cracked perhaps a tad poetically) really chugged away at first, but after a clean install (not restored from...
iOS 4 features: Search the Web, Wikipedia

iOS 4 features: Search the Web, Wikipedia

While iOS 3 (iPhone 3.0) introduced Spotlight search for on-device information like contacts, songs, and apps, iOS 4 examples Spotlight to search the Web and Wikipedia as well. From the main home screen, just swipe to move left to Spotlight, or click the home button to toggle to it, and start...

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