Spotlight iOS 9

Spotlight search has been completely redesigned for iOS 9, and it brings with it a new interface, a new search API, deep linking to search results, and more. With an interface that harkens back to the pre-iOS 7 days, search is now a powerful new tool in iOS.

iOS 9 Search

To access the new search interface, you’ll need to swipe right on the Home screen to reveal the search panel. Not only do you get the standard search input box, but you’re provided with Siri suggestions, nearby information based on your location, news, Netflix movies, sports schedules, and more.

One of the most impressive things about the new search interface is its ability to deep link into the apps that you have installed on your phone. When tapping on one of the app links provided in the search interface, you’ll be taken directly into the respective apps, and not just to the app’s main interface, but deep into the location in the app that relates to the specific search result.

Spotlight search is an absolutely huge improvement over the Spotlight search that we currently have on iOS 8. Headlined by a developer API, searching in iOS just got a lot more powerful.

What do you think about the update?

  • Chris Tangler

    yes but i liked the swipe down

    • Rowan09

      Me too but I heard they said people weren’t aware of it so they brought it back to the left of the home screen.

      • Chang in Charge

        anytime I tell anyone who isn’t really an iOS power user to do spotlight search they are like what? what is that they never know what it is or how to access it?

      • Elias Chao

        Yeah, I’ve met people who have never used Spotlight. It’s essential for my daily usage.

    • iBanks

      It’s still there

      • Swanny246

        So you can use either? That’d be ok then. I used Spotlight so much more with the pull down method, compared to the old method.

      • iBanks

        Yes, you can use either.

      • Elias Chao

        So am I. IMO iit’s way more convenient that way. I hope they keep the swipe down method.

  • TotallySerious

    I’m personally a huge fan of the swipe right to access spotlight, so I’m glad they changed it!

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    Hate that they made it swipe-to-right again, I really like the pull-down to Spotlight as it currently is on iOS 8! I trust that there’ll be a tweak to revert back to the pull-down for Spotlight search!

  • justme

    This is a game-changer.
    this is the last piece that a mobile OS requires to compete with a Desktop OS.
    Now your spotlight will be able to get instantly any type of documents.
    i.e.1: you’re searching for “3d_draw.dwg” the spotlight will search inside the “CAD Apps” and give to you the file you want.

    i.e.2: searching for “Report costs may 2015.xlsx” spotlight will search into the Numbers and Ms Excel App (if you have installed) and shows instantly.

    this is the way to go for iOS. good for apple.
    this API will change how we use the iOS and everything!

    • Elias Chao

      Will Siri take advantage of this API in some manner?

      • justme

        I hope too..

  • GlynT

    I’m showing spotlight search to be using my location continuously……battery drainage immediately becomes a concern. Anyone know anything on this?