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What's New in iOS 8: Spotlight

What's New in iOS 8: Spotlight

Posted July 5, 2014 at 8:11pm by iClarified
Apple has announced improvements to Spotlight for iOS 8, intelligently considering things like context and location.

To activate Spotlight, pull down on your Springboard to reveal the search field.

Wikipedia
Type in a term like “Point Reyes” and you’ll get a snippet of the Wikipedia article, including a picture and a short summary. Tap it, and Spotlight takes you to the full article.
What's New in iOS 8: Spotlight


News
Spotlight knows what topics are popular. As what’s trending changes, the list it gives you does, as well. For example, search for your favorite team and you'll be presented with trending news articles that reference the team.
What's New in iOS 8: Spotlight

Nearby places
Enter the name of a restaurant and Spotlight will show you one nearby, including the phone number and hours it’s open. Tap to go to Maps and see exactly how to get there.
What's New in iOS 8: Spotlight

iTunes Store
Spotlight makes it easy to shop for digital media. It can help you get right to the music, movies, TV shows, and podcasts quickly.
What's New in iOS 8: Spotlight

App Store
You can also use Spotlight to quickly find an app or game on the App Store.
What's New in iOS 8: Spotlight


iBooks Store
If you'd looking for a book to read, Spotlight also searches the iBook Store.
What's New in iOS 8: Spotlight

Suggested Websites
Spotlight can also help you navigate to popular websites. Try typing 'iClarified' into the search field.
What's New in iOS 8: Spotlight

Movie Showtimes
Search for a movie and Spotlight will tell you which nearby theatres it's playing at, showtimes, and the movie's Rotten Tomatoes rating.
What's New in iOS 8: Spotlight

Works in Safari
Notably, these results will also appear in Safari as you search. The results appear alongside Top Hits and search suggestions.
What's New in iOS 8: Spotlight


There's many more changes in iOS 8. Here's a few of the changes we've posted on already: Continuity, Handoff, AirDrop, Instant Hotspot, Health, iCloud Drive, Family Sharing, Photos, Camera, Mail, Safari, Messages, QuickType, Third-Party Keyboards, Interactive Notifications, and Contact Shortcuts.

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gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - July 6, 2014 at 4:58am
Would be cool if you selected where to get results from and filter what you don't need, like which apps it searches with, site or just a name, etc.!
Shayne
Shayne - July 6, 2014 at 5:16am
If its anything like spotlight on the mac, it'll probably have an option like that buried somewhere in the settings app.
JuergenWest
JuergenWest - July 6, 2014 at 3:58am
The Giants.. Lol.. #thinkblue #dodgers #doyers
Diggy
Diggy - July 6, 2014 at 8:59am
Hah Baseball... #thinkNHL #NHL :P
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