Apple is reported to bring a Google Now alternative for iOS users. This new addition is likely to be found in iOS 9. According to a report by 9to5Mac, the new system is codenamed “Proactive.” It will be able pull data from all major Apple apps such as Calender, Passbook, Siri, contacts, and many third party apps.
The Apple iOS 9 update will provide users an opportunity to get information when and where needed. The alternative of Google Now will be smarter than Siri.
Proactive is considered to be a modification of Apple’s spotlight search feature. The app will be working with Apple’s Mac application as well.
Proactive will be placed to the left of the first Home screen, the same place where Spotlight was before the iOS 7 update. This will possibly boost the usage of the app with more visibility. Users will be able to find the dedicated features of Spotlight in the search bar.
According to the report, “Some builds of iOS 9 allow Proactive to be accessed both with pulldown and left-of-Home screen gestures, so it’s possible that pulldown Spotlight-style access will be retained,”
The Google Now Alternative for iPhone is rumored to be developed by the company after years of research. It will provide information based on user data and will be keeping user’s privacy preferences intact.
Apple had started its work on Proactive was back with its acquisition of some small app development companies. The iOS version 8 allowed the users to get search results directly from Wikipedia through Spotlight. This was the first taste of Proactive which reduced dependency on Google search.
Proactive is going to hit the next level with iOS 9, which is expected to be announced during Apple’s developer’s conference set to start on June 8.
A lot is expected out of iOS 9 and its new Google Now alternative. It can be one of the most versatile iOS rumors. This can surely change the equation of the two technical giants announcing their technology, back to back, in their technical conferences.