I’ve seen “Pull down to refresh” in Tweetie (and in many other Twitter apps after it), “Pull down to lock orientation” in Articles Wikipedia app, and a similar pull-down system to switch items in Reeder RSS. I think the mechanic is an amazing little time saver that can dramatically increase the quality of an app. […]
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Where is “Pull down to search” for iPhone and why isn’t it here yet?

I’ve seen “Pull down to refresh” in Tweetie (and in many other Twitter apps after it), “Pull down to lock orientation” in Articles Wikipedia app, and a similar pull-down system to switch items in Reeder RSS. I think the mechanic is an amazing little time saver that can dramatically increase the quality of an app. However, there is one more major feature I’d love to see when I pull the page down in app: an automatic keyboard pop-up for Search.

It’s common to see the search bar for apps hidden just above the scrollable page, but you always have to scroll up and then tap to activate the feature. It would be amazing if simply pulling the page down past the search bar would automatically bring up the keyboard for searching — all in one continuous motion. This obviously isn’t ideal for every situation, but note-taking apps like Evernote, Simplenote, or Awesome Note seem like ideal candidates. Evernote and Simplenote already refresh automatically every few minutes, and they both feature robust search functionality that I use on a daily basis. Making searching even easier would not be a bad thing.

Pulling to search would also just be more fun. Pastebot and Convertbot are designed around the idea that interacting with simulated mechanisms on a touchscreen can be a lot of fun. The devs at Tapbot even went out of their way to refine the original mechanics of Convertbot in the 1.5 update to make tapping and sliding even smoother, and the app benefitted greatly from this tweak. In fact, Convertbot is the perfect example of how pull to search could be implemented, since it simply adds a simpler, faster way to complete a task without overwriting the old way. I envision pull to search as an extra option above a search bar — but fans of the current iteration could go on using it as they always have.

The more I think about this feature, the more I wonder why it hasn’t been implemented in any app I’ve used (please shout a name out if you have). Is there something holding devs back from implementing this? Or do they think the search bar is functional enough as it is?

I’d really love to hear thoughts from users and devs alike in the comments.

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