iOS 9 to Gain New 'Proactive' Lifestyle Management Feature With Augmented Reality Maps

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's Siri and search features may expand significantly in iOS 9, letting Apple better compete with Google's feature rich voice-based search component, Google Now. As detailed in a lengthy report from 9to5Mac, Apple is said to be working on an iOS initiative called "Proactive," integrating features like Siri, Maps, Contacts, Calendar, Passbook, and third-party apps into an expanded Spotlight search.

    Proactive will reportedly function as a search feature that's built deeply into iOS, replacing the existing Spotlight search menu (shown to the right). It may be accessed either from the top of the screen home screen as Spotlight is, or from the left of the home screen. Taking advantage of several Apple acquisitions like Spotsetter and Cue, Proactive is positioned as a lifestyle management tool.

    Proactive is said to include a dedicated search bar much like Spotlight, so the design will be instantly familiar to iOS users, and it will continue to allow searches for email content, apps, music, and more. Below the search bar, a new user interface will display unique content from apps, Contacts, and Maps, providing easily accessible information to help iOS users navigate through their daily activities.
    Proactive is able to integrate with third-party apps as well, and it will learn which apps to display based on usage habits. Someone who checks their email right after waking up might have the email app displayed on the screen for quick access, while someone who makes a phone call at a regular time might see the Phone app pop up. Around dinner time, the feature may display restaurant suggestions and ratings for nearby eateries.

    Maps will be an important part of Proactive, helping people navigate through their days with quick access to routes and information on the places they need to be. Maps is said to be gaining transit routing features in iOS 9, and it may also be updated with a revamped in-house Points of Interest system that includes an augmented reality view for local listings and a feature called "Browse Around Me."

    With the augmented reality feature, which may or may not be ready for iOS 9, a user will potentially be able to hold up an iPhone, point it at a location on the street, and see information about the location. Pointed at a restaurant, Maps might display a menu. Pointed at a street, Maps would show the businesses located there with a virtual outline of each store. "Browse Around Me," meanwhile, is a simpler feature that may show all local points of interest on an overhead map.

    Apple's upcoming Proactive feature will integrate with third-party apps, and in iOS 9, developers may be able to access a limited Siri API called "Breadcrumbs." This feature will let Proactive and Siri index apps, but full Siri access will not be permitted due to privacy concerns.

    Today's report warns that the above mentioned features might not make it into iOS 9, or that the features listed above could be introduced as scaled-down enhancements that will improve over time.

    Article Link: iOS 9 to Gain New 'Proactive' Lifestyle Management Feature With Augmented Reality Maps
  2. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    So in other words they are going to copy Google Now. Sounds about right.
  3. hortod1 macrumors regular


    Jan 26, 2009
    About time. Siri is long overdue for a major overhaul.
  4. JM macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2014
    Siritanoogle Now! (Exclamation mark because it's better)
  5. newagemac, May 27, 2015
    Last edited: May 27, 2015

    newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    I think you have it backwards. Google Now is a copy of Siri and not doing a good job of it either. Only recently has it been able to do stuff Siri was able to do when it was first announced and it still can't follow thoughts through multiple related questions as well as Siri.

    Google Now is good at showing you redundant info though I'll give it that. Like telling you stuff Southwest Airlines and Amazon have already told you (but in far less detail in Google Now).

    Doesn't Google realize Amazon already tells you about shipments arriving? Don't they realize all major Airlines already give you flight info? At least on iOS. Maybe the Android apps aren't that capable.
  6. JM macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2014
    And Proactive? Like the pimple cream? Awesome name.
  7. Cmd-Z macrumors 6502


    Nov 14, 2014
    Coyote, CA
    You're not squeezing it right ...
  8. lowercaseperson macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2006
    My friend told me a week ago about how cool it is Siri "learned" where he works and can tell him how long it will take him to get there.

    Yesterday he found out his iPhone tracks him everywhere he goes, and keeps a record of it. He's pissed. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    I'm just curious about how most people feel about this issue...I'm pretty sure my privacy was gone 5 years ago, now I'm just happy to have *something* to show for it.
  9. sampaul macrumors member


    Aug 22, 2012
    "The new developed Siri will only be available in selected cities in the US and Canada, followed by a entire nation rollout by the end of the year. Whereas for rest of the world, the new Siri will be available in 2018."
  10. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011
    Its doing him a favour. His iPhone is showing him what the telecom and government bodies have access to.
  11. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    lol.... every phone does that, don't worry

    so, this feature in iOS 9 will be able to be like OS X spotlight, where u can search inside of files ?

  12. 3square macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2014
  13. macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2006
    So does doubling down on secrecy not apply to software? It seems like everyday we are getting new iOS and OS X leaks. Not that I'm complaining as a reader.
  14. rramon macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2014
  15. Xytal macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2010
    They best not move spotlight back to the left of the home screen. That was the worst place for it. NEVER used it there. Now, with it being on every home screen, I use it a lot more.

  16. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011
    cause its too much like hard work to fix. hint - just delete the other panel guys
  17. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    sounds cool, i like having new things to play around with. now if only 3rd party apps like WhatsApp could access Quick Reply
  18. TheHateMachine macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2012
    Santa Fe, TX
    Saw this article on The Verge and thought the same thing.

    I am interested in seeing the stance that some of the members of this site take on Apple stealing all your secrets! Think they will give them a pass or be harsh like they are on Google?

    Of course, I can probably see it now. It is done different so it is ok.
  19. FoxMcCloud macrumors 6502a

    Dec 22, 2009
    Middlesbrough, England
    They might have made a notebook like Cortana has, where all your info that she learns is kept on the phone, protected.
  20. captain cadet macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2012
    So basically this sounds a lot like Cortanna on my Windows Phone...
  21. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    My concern is how invasive this becomes. I'm not convinced software can be that clairvoyant. I don't want my phone or watch lighting up with every little thing the software is programmed to think I might be interested or need to know. I just read a review in the WSJ about Android Wear that complained about this very thing. There's a fine line where this goes from being helpful to being annoying. Not to mention the potential privacy concerns.
  22. JonneyGee macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    "Search around me" could be excellent. Ever since OpenTable bought and shut down Ness, I haven't found a suitable replacement.
  23. lokey macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2003
    This isn't stealing from Google Now or Cortana... yet.

    The idea of a feature like this that utilizes all the information it knows about you (calendar, contacts, habits, location, etc) is as old as those concept computer videos from the 1980's. We were always heading there.

    The stealing (or copying) may come into play in the implementation details. Apple could just use Google Now-like cards, or maybe they have a new idea for how it will be displayed. We'll see.
  24. RosOne macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    Ah, I love reading about all those US-only features. Can't wait to watch videos with people using them :)

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