Research Notes

iOS 9 Tip – Spotlight Search

Swipe down anywhere on your home screen to bring up Spotlight’s search. From here you can type in your search criteria or tap the microphone icon and dictate it. Spotlight search not only searches your email, contacts and web, but will also search apps that support it. For example, the new Apple News app and the latest update of Pocket and Documents support Spotlight searching. Documents is especially interesting as it will find files you have stored in Documents.

sample search In the example above, I searched for “Ulysses” and got a broad range of results.

You can use Spotlight search to check stock prices, find out when your team is playing and what channel you can watch it on or to convert dollars to euros. It’s really quite amazing and will keep getting better as more and more apps add Spotlight capabilities.

I wonder if we’ll see the day when one Spotlight search will crawl each of the genealogy archives for us . . .

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