Week 2: Spotlight

This is Week 2 of our new series: 8 Weeks of iOS 8, where we cover some basic, cool features in the new operating system for your iPhone and iPad.

Apple has seriously beefed up searching in iOS 8 with an improved featured called Spotlight. Spotlight in iOS 7 used to search everything on your phone, including emails, text messages, and contacts.

But now in iOS 8, Spotlight can be used to search all of that and more, including displaying results from outside sources like Wikipedia, internet searches, the App Store, iTunes, and more.

To activate a new Spotlight search, simply swipe down anywhere on your home screen icons. You'll see a nice blur effect as your apps fade away and begin a new search. Simply type what you're looking for and it will do the heavy lifting for you.

Here are some cool examples of the new Spotlight in action:

Searching for a movie gives you movie times, ratings, the Wikipedia article about the movie, events from your own calendar, and a Bing search. Cool!

Searching for Krispy Kreme will give you breaking news, the location of the nearest one (YES PLEASE), and Bing and Facebook information.

Searching for a fun game will show you games on your own phone, ones from the App Store, and other web info.