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Spotlight now a swipe-down from anywhere above the dock
But when you get to Spotlight, it sports a Gaussian blur background on top of the home screen icons. When entering text, it lists everything it can find, from contacts to email, events, and calendar entries, even applications. Wherever possible — such as if Facebook is connected and updates contact pictures — it will display a small picture associated with that person. But, failing that, it defaults to the first two initials of that person, making it far easier to spot from the crowd.
Redesigned notification center
The notification area now includes natural text, rather than a list of events and things to do. It also notes the weather. It appears easier to read, but one has to ensure that calendar items are noted properly, or it can get confusing. There are also tabs at the top to include social feeds and application updates.
The key thing here is that it scrolls all the way down, further below the screen. It offers more space, but it's no longer at a glance.
Swipe up to reveal the Control Center
Finally, at long last. It's a quick and simple way of getting to the options that you use on a regular basis. Similar to how the BlackBerry Z10 performs, you simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen to display a range of options. Those options — such as flight mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and so on — are not yet customizable. It also includes a flashlight (bottom left button) and quick access to AirPlay so users can stream presentations to nearby devices.