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One under-used feature of iOS that most of us could probably go without is Spotlight. Especially with the birth of Siri on the iPhone 4S, Spotlight has continued to become
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    Default New Spotlight Concept Puts iOS' Current Spotlight to Shame


    One under-used feature of iOS that most of us could probably go without is Spotlight. Especially with the birth of Siri on the iPhone 4S, Spotlight has continued to become more and more under-used as its aging interface becomes less convenient than all of the rest of the shortcuts in iOS. If you’re one of the many that doesn’t use Spotlight, then check out this new concept by Cody Sanfilippo that completely reinvents Spotlight for iOS.

    The interface is absolutely gorgeous. Not only does it make Spotlight more useful, but just look at the eye-candy appearance of everything that appears as a search result and also take a look at the way the interface functions; application icons at the bottom of the Spotlight interface act as a type of application filter. Being that the application filters are scrolled through horizontally, this means a lot less vertical scrolling for the user to find content via specific applications.

    When you tap on one of the application filters at the bottom of the interface, all search results return in interfaces that resemble their respective applications. For example, when tapping on the Notes application to filter search results for Notes the user may have on the device, results appear in yellow notepad-like paper and not just in white cell search results like they do in the real Spotlight on the iPhone. The same happens for the rest of the applications, including Messages, where search results appear as iMessage-like chat bubbles.

    When filtering between applications for search results, more content for each application is displayed. For instance, in Spotlight for iOS currently, searching someone’s name yields their name in your Contacts application. In the concept, searching for someone’s name yields their entire contact card and not just their name. This kind of preview saves the user’s time because they don’t have to wait for the corresponding application to launch and show information because it’s all readily available in the search results interface.

    The interface includes a built-in Siri interface invoking mechanism that can be used to invoke Siri without needing to hold down the home button. From here, you can speak to Siri to get feedback from her and results will appear in the Spotlight interface. For App Store searches, this new Spotlight concept includes a built-in App Store search engine and will show results of App Store applications allowing you to install them right from Spotlight or open them from your device right from Spotlight. In addition, searches for music and media on the device yields search results with play buttons right next to them so you can start listening to them immediately. Not too shabby, eh?

    This Spotlight implementation isn’t a jailbreak tweak, but maybe with a little hard work, Cody and a daring iOS developer might be able to make it a reality some day. One thing is certain: this interface could take great advantage of the iPhone 5’s taller display. Apple, take some notes!

    Do you think this Spotlight concept is iPhone-worthy?

    Sources: Cody Sanfilippo via TUAW

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    10/10
    Not the netflix thing, though. We don't wanna replace apps with spotlight, lol.

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    As a Galaxy Nexus user i say yes! The current spotlight fails compare to this concept. Has my vote

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    I hope he patents this concept so Apple can't innovate it out from under him (like WiFi Sync and Notification Center)...

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    With the set up above 95% of what it dose is really just an extra step to what a person is trying to do in the first place..


    My vote would be to remove spotlight all together. Not because it lacks function but rather I personally don't have a use for it..

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    Thats a great idea! But then again, its kind of light revamping the iPod Shuffle. No matter how you remake it, its still just an iPod Shuffle.

    Who uses spotlight anyway?? =/

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    i only use spotlight with the "SpotDict" tweak since it uses it

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    Yeah I'm not much to use Spotlight either. I don't think I've ever put it to use since I got my first iOS device.

    The concept looks great though. Might change things.

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    Found it.


    That looks soo beautiful. Really hope he decides to release that via Cydia.
    Last edited by Them3this; 09-17-2012 at 07:40 PM.

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    I use Spotlight every day. Even if it is a little limited, it does save me tons of time searching for contacts, web stuff, hell whatever is on the phone it will find it. if you don't use spotlight your missing out on one of the most powerful iOS features. just cuz you don't use it, does not mean it sucks. try it out, you might be surprised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Them3this View Post
    Anthony what is the title of the video called. Idk why but none of my YouTube links ever work from MMI on mobile.

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    Spotlight Overhaul - what iOS needs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
    Spotlight Overhaul - what iOS needs
    Thank you sir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyphur View Post
    I hope he patents this concept so Apple can't innovate it out from under him (like WiFi Sync and Notification Center)...
    THat would require Apple to innovate something new in iOS - it's only been.. 5 years and they've managed to invent Siri - which they bought.

    This is an amazing concept. I'd love to see it on the iPhone.

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    i think they forgot spotlight even exists anymore.

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    Yes, this does look awesome and its all reasonable.. except the AppStore as it would lag too bad, and the facebook/twitter/3rd party app searches... the only thing that would work for the spotlight with twitter would be the contacts, and that's it...

    But, nice look, awesome concept and great looking video.

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    It wouldn't matter if every time you opened spotlight, your phone exploded into a cloud of money and beautiful women wanting to sleep with you every time you searched "boobs." There is no way they can get me to use that piece of crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Them3this View Post
    Found it.


    That looks soo beautiful. Really hope he decides to release that via Cydia.
    If you open the article in safari, just copy the link and paste it into YouTube search. That's what I've been doing works great. Would be better if the links actually worked though lol.

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    Totally unrelated but a good laugh
    http://flpbd.it/Cazmq

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    Looks cool. Kind of reminds me of webos which is my favorite os. Kinda weird now that I think about it because I used "universal search" on my pre all the time but I never use spot light. I think it's because you have to swipe right to pull it up where as on webos or even android for that matter it is always right there on the home screen and/or there is a dedicated button to use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwil736 View Post
    If you open the article in safari, just copy the link and paste it into YouTube search. That's what I've been doing works great. Would be better if the links actually worked though lol.
    They work in my Mobile Safari. I'm not sure why it's not working for you.

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