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*Considering* switching to iPhone... I have few OS questions

Very brief background... always used Android. Never cared for iOS. Lacked versatility and was a bit too restrictive. This was years ago, though.

Recently had a baby, and the simplicity of iMessage (for better looking videos via text) and Facetime, I am *considering* making a jump.

I am hoping I can ask those who are familiar with iOS (and Android) a few questions. It has been a long time since I used an iPhone.

1. Are widgets supported, yet? The main one I need is a google search bar on the home screen.

2. In Android, pulling down the notification bar shows a mini menu of settings, and pulling down again, expands settings. Is it the same in iOS?

** Can you, for instance, hold down the WiFi setting button, and will iOS bring up a list of WiFi networks and settings?

3. Is there a quick-launch for the camera? On my Galaxy, double tap power button launches the cam. Allows easy one-hand use.

4. Without unlocking the phone, does iOS allow you to view notifications? Can you expand the notification list in the same way, without unlocking?


Thanks, all!

-Andrew

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I'll try.

Remember that you must ask all these questions at the Apple Store since that's what they are there for.

1. Nope. http://searchengineland.com/google-search-widget-ios-258885 covers it. Why?
Apple doesn't want it. Apple isn't entirely customer focused here.
"Over the years, Apple has slowly but diligently cut Google out of the iOS search ecosystem. Google was replaced by Bing as the default search provider for Siri in 2013. In 2014, Google was replaced by Bing for Spotlight Search."

2. No. Just tried it. It does pull down, but what's there differs, to get the second pull down you tap in the search bar and the 4 icons at the bottom of the iOS screen show up. If I had settings in those four, it shows. If not, then not. USER CONFIGURATION?

2A. This one baffles me. You'd have to show me how this differs from Android. No hold down here, but same old tap as in Android. For me, no difference from my other dozen Android phones. Not one Android has me holding down a button here.

3. I'm deferring to google here. Easy for you to search for that one.

4. Yes. But to grind it finely, it's different but the same. You are changing camps. It will be their take on how it should work. Also you can configure it.

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Here's the biggest issues for me on the change.

I run both Android and iPhone so it's sort of a shock to move to a "walled garden." No installing an APK. Everything must be through the Apple App Store. And for syncing, loading music, and more, I'm going to upset some but you'll use iTunes. If you don't you battle with some non-standard ways. I don't mince words here that folk either use iTunes or tolerate it.

Here it works fine.

-> You'll get more cuddles at the Apple store. That is, my reply may seem short but I wanted to nail most of the answers fast and move onto what most scream about later.

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