iMessage just did a trick similar to Google on Tap

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  1. cruze1987 macrumors newbie

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    I was talking to a friend about going to New York to see Hamilton, when I typed the name "Lin-Manuel Miranda" and sent it on a message I noticed the name was underlined which seemed a bit odd so I decided to tap on it, a window showed with a "quick search" on Lin-Manuel showing links to Wikipedia, Lin's website and web videos, idk if this has been talked about before but I've never seen iMessage do anything like this before. It seems very similar to what Google implemented on Android called Google on Tap, has anyone else seen this?

    Here are some screenshots to show you guys
     

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  2. devinthomas macrumors regular

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    That's awesome, I don't remember hearing anything about it either.
     
  3. cruze1987 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried it again with more names and it seems like only music related names work. Beyoncé's "quick search" shows a link to Apple Music too
     

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  4. macfacts macrumors 68030

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    Does that mean Apple is constantly scanning people's iMessages?
     
  5. lagwagon Suspended

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    It's all part of the new "in line" stuff and Rich Texts.

    Like being able to play videos (such as YouTube links) directly from the conversation without having fun to leave Messages. Same for Music. If someone links something from Apple Music you can listen to it without leaving.
     
  6. cruze1987 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It has to do with universal search like Search on the home screen.
     

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  7. gwhizkids macrumors 68030

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    Here is what I got when I typed in the same search:

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  8. cruze1987 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If you tap on continue it'll enable it
     
  9. gwhizkids macrumors 68030

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    So this is an extension of the limited capability in ios9 to do this (pretty much limited to flight info for select airlines if you put in the airline name and flight number). Looks like this will be expanding, which will be a very nice feature
     
  10. cruze1987 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah it's a nice feature hopefully it does expand and allows other searches like places and stuff.... I tried with words like Starbucks, Chase bank, Walmart and it didn't work. However, it worked with the movie The Revenant
     

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  11. gwhizkids macrumors 68030

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    What would be very nice is if it popped up showtimes for movies, or is that further down in your linked page?
     
  12. cruze1987 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nope it only shows reviews and a link to iTunes
     

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  13. gwhizkids macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, I tried some current movies and nothing came up.
     
  14. blasto2236 macrumors 6502a

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    It worked for me with "Donnie Darko", completely by accident. Pretty cool feature IMO.
     
  15. gwhizkids macrumors 68030

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    I just added this to the "All the Little Things" wiki thread.
     
  16. alexmarchuk macrumors 6502a

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    Will developers have access to these searches? So apps like Fandango could provide link thru's that would be neat. Don't Google results show Google's content? Not sure where its aggregated from.
     
  17. gwhizkids macrumors 68030

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    Just discovered that if you long press the links, you get more options. Poor man's 3D Touch!
     
  18. lagwagon Suspended

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    Looking further into this. It seems it's tied to the new "Look Up" feature of iOS 10.

    Highlight anything and you will get a lookup and very similar screen as the screenshots you see in this thread from Messages.

    (Screenshot 1 is highlighted the word Google and shows Look Up. Screenshot 2 is in the Look Up screen which is identical to what you get in Messages. For Messages it just seems to automatically create a Look Up link for some things.)
     

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  19. gwhizkids macrumors 68030

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    I agree, but the automatic nature of the active links is quite compelling.
     
  20. 0000757 macrumors 68040

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    Well yeah, they announced they were doing that. It uses differential privacy and is opt-in, though.
     
  21. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

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    I don't see this? Do I need to enable it somewhere?
     

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