Does "pull down to search" bother you?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by NovemberWhiskey, Aug 7, 2013.


Should the search function be harder to activate?

  1. Yes, make it harder to trigger. I am getting false positives.

    26 vote(s)
  2. No, it is fine. I never get a false positive.

    147 vote(s)
  1. NovemberWhiskey, Aug 7, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2013

    NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2009
    One thing I can't stand is the new pull down to search function, that replaced the old swipe all the way to the left function to search.

    While conceptually it is great, I find that it generates too many false positives when swiping normally through my homescreens.

    IMO, they need to make the trigger threshold higher (pull down a longer distance) before the search function is activated.

    What do you think?


    To clarify, I am not debating whether the intended function is great. I love it too, and think it is an improvement. The issue is the threshold for triggering the function, which, imo, generates too many false positives.
  2. morphineseason macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2007
    I think it bothers me more that I can't single click the home button to bring it up. I was just getting into the habit of bringing it up that way on iOS 6. If they bring that function back (or at least the option for it) I don't really care which direction you swipe from.

    For anyone who's been using iOS for years though, it's not exactly an intuitive change. At first I thought they got rid of spotlight and had to search how to bring it up.
  3. war eagle macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
    I love it. It's so much better than swiping left.
  4. adam044 macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2012
    I've never triggered it by accident. And I could care less if they completely got rid of it. The 5 years that's I've had an iPhone I've never used it.
  5. nabechu macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2008
    Never happens to me on accident, hated having to swipe to the left.
  6. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2013
    I use it a lot more now that it's a lot more accessible.
  7. powerstrokin macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2013
    Like someone else said, it needs to come up when clicking the home button from the home screen.

    The big thing I don't like about it personally is- you can't do a web search from it. THAT is the ONLY thing I ever used it for before. Quickly typing something to Google.

    If it doesn't have that feature (and I know it won't, Apple is clearly getting away from Google) then I don't want it on my phone at all.
  8. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    It's no big deal. Apple likes to make some odd changes, that's how you know it's genuine Apple. Change just because they can. Why not.
  9. nikicampos macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    But it does go away when you hit the home button.

    EDIT: Do you mean like a triple click or one click in the first page of the home screen??
  10. epphllps macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2011
    West TN
    It gets me pretty often and now on beta 5 I keep pulling up the control center when scrolling way too often. Just minor complaints though.
  11. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    as i never use the search i dont care either way but its nice not having that pointless screen on the left side of the springboard :eek:
  12. kaielement macrumors 65816

    Dec 16, 2010
    I never use search so I do like the new pull down motion
  13. Tander macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2011
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    I love the new design. So much better than having to swipe all the way left to get to it. Don't get false positives as there is no other reason to swipe down on the home screen.
  14. Beeplance macrumors 68000


    Jul 29, 2012
    This, for me. Spotlight on the left side of the homescreen never worked out for me.
  15. VSMacOne macrumors 601


    Oct 18, 2008
    I like it. I'm actually using it more often now than in iOS 6 because of how quick and accessible it is.
  16. Jakimo macrumors 6502

    Apr 25, 2008
    Colorado Springs
    I think it's brilliant, but I agree that the threshold could be increased.

    It also should be able to be triggered while in folders.

    They removed the Search web or Search Wikipedia - I used the Search web function a bit before.

    As far as Home button goes, over the years (I've had every iPhone from day one) I've come to develop a desire to never push the Home button.. to preserve it longer. They always seem to go bad eventually. So I'm glad to shake the habit of pushing for search.

    I'd like an iPad-like scrunch to get to Home screen on the iPhone too...
  17. KeanosMagicHat macrumors 65816


    May 18, 2012
    Poll would need a 3rd option for me,

    "I'm used to the change now, but occasionally trigger it by accident".
  18. kirky29 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
    Nope, this is something I've wanted since the Spotlight page was added! I just find it annoying that it still has that initial lag when you first swipe. :-/
  19. BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    I do use it quite often to find an app buried somewhere in folders or just to find a particular song. It is away better for me this way! I mean swiping through pages to get to it was a bit silly, let's be honest. Now if they can only add web search to it, that I am sure will be coming on the next versions of iOS.

    So I am happy with it.
  20. Donka macrumors 68020


    May 3, 2011
    I've never triggered it by accident either ad I love that it is now accessible form any screen and not just the home screen. I think it is a positive change.
  21. Ballis macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
    I love it. Its way better than the old swipe left. I allways found that to be a little weird.
  22. bbfc macrumors 68030


    Oct 22, 2011
    Newcastle Great Park, England.
    Never used Spotlight in the 5/6 years i've used iPhones.

    The may of removed the ability to search the web/wikipedia as many people didn't use it perhaps.

    Oh, and I never trigger it by accident. Not quite sure how you could do it easily.
  23. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
    It's better than swiping left, but I have never used it.
  24. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I don't hate it but actually would still prefer the old swipe left
  25. Gogurt48 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2013
    I like it a lot, but I hope they add Web search capability to it.

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