Does anyone else find spotlight app suggestions completely useless?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by dark_knight177, Nov 25, 2015.

  1. dark_knight177 macrumors regular


    Aug 22, 2010
    I personally find spotlight app suggestions extremely useless and random. What were Apple trying to accomplish with this? Every time I pull down the notification bar, I get seemingly random app suggestions. It does absolutely nothing for me and is a useless feature. All it does is clutters my screen and makes the notification bar stutter.

    I can clearly see that Apple tried to imitate Google Now feature of Android. However I believe Apple does a horrible job at machine learning and AI. You can tell this by judging how inferior Siri is to Google Now and you have to repeat things for Siri to understand. I really really hope that Apple doesn't release a self-driving car.
  2. ZEEN0j macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2014
    I agree. I find it useless. It shows random apps or apps I just opened. I already have my most used apps on the home page and I bet a lot of people sort their apps the same way. And in Sweden that's all I get in the proactive screen. So I have two spotlight pages that do exactly the same thing.

    I do like like the lock screen suggestions though. That usually shows the app I normally use at the time of day.
  3. pat.b macrumors newbie


    Nov 20, 2015
    I never even swipe there because it's useless
  4. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    I use that page more than any other screen on my phone because it has all the recent people I've been in touch with regardless if it was a phone call, message or e-mail and it always lists the most recent apps I've been in so I don't even need to hunt down where they are on the home page.
  5. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    I agree that it's useless. I have two pages of apps and a folder on the second page for apps I never use. So anything I need to use is within one swipe and one tap which is exactly what app suggestions gets me.
  6. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    I find the concept utterly flawed.

    If it is an app I use often, that app likely exists on my home screen already, or I will have set up actions to automate it or access it more readily via widgets and stuff.

    And Spotlight suggestions seems to simply suggest apps I have just used. I can't say I have ever clicked on a suggestion for want of it.
  7. thed0g macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2015
    While at topic of useless (Spotlight) things, I've already submitted feedback at Apple for giving us an option to disable the left Spotlight homescreen.

    It's basically a duplicate of the already existing feature and while News and nearby suggestions aren't available in all countries, it existence is just plain dumb.

    If I ever open it it's just by mistake when sliding on the homescreen or tapping that small magnifying glass icon, that indicates homescreens (yeah, you can tap on those to get to a homescreen).
  8. dmnc macrumors 6502


    Sep 26, 2015
    I do find, not only suggested apps, but also the suggested contacts completely useless. I don't understand how someone at Apple didn't think this a little more.
    The contacts in the suggested contacts row even change without me contacting anyone in any way.
    Or maybe I'm using it wrong.
  9. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    I don't use it very often, but I usually find it quite accurate.
    Nearby location seems to work only in some places ....
  10. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    Completely random and useless. Furthermore, most of the time it shows 2-3 apps that are in my dock. That means I have to spend more time swiping to the spotlight screen than simply tapping the button of any other app page.

    Oh, and all the other features don't work in Scandinavian countries.
  11. adamhenry macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2015
    On the Beach
    I have no idea. I disabled it and have never seen it.
  12. orioncrystalice macrumors 6502


    Jan 21, 2014
  13. DomC macrumors 6502


    Jul 28, 2010
  14. pacorob macrumors 68000


    Apr 8, 2010
    the Netherlands
    I don't use it. I have the Launcher widget on my Notification Center for my favorite actions and apps which works much better.
  15. Rhonindk macrumors 68040


    If it worked and provided what I needed consistently it would be very useful. So far it hasn't.
  16. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    Completely useless. The only good thing about spotlight is conversions.
  17. DoctorKrabs macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2013
    I have had these disabled because I know what I want to do when I do it. I place icons on my home screen and I know where they are. I know the names of my contacts so I can just type their name if I need to contact them.

    I also hate how Spotlight slides in from the top AND the left side. Pick one.

    This feature is as useless as the recents in the iOS 8 app switcher.
  18. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    And yet there were people complaining that that was removed in iOS 9 from the app switcher.
  19. DoctorKrabs macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2013
    Yes, because my words were "Nobody cared about the iOS 8 recents."

    Oh, wait. I never said that.
  20. Act3 macrumors 68000

    Sep 26, 2014
    I have spotlight suggestions disabled, found it to not be very useful as OP stated.
  21. Act3 macrumors 68000

    Sep 26, 2014
    What is your opinion of spotlight suggestions?
  22. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Seemed like that's what the general statement more or less implied. If it was meant in the sense of "For me" preceding that statement, then what I said doesn't really apply.
    I have them disabled from the beginning as I don't have things I don't care about enabled (if there's a setting for it), so I don't really have an opinion on the suggestions.
  23. Radon87000 macrumors 604

    Nov 29, 2013
    Google Now on iOS consistently proves to be better than it in all aspects.
  24. WinterWolf90 macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2014
    I never use it either. I do like the news on that section thou, but that's about it.
  25. laudern macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011
    I find spotlight in its entirety completely useless. I disable as much as I can in spotlight to save on battery. I've never once needed to search for anything with spotlight. The screen to the left of the main screen is pointless as well. Ios8 had it right where there was no screen to the left.

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