Apple’s brand new Siri Shortcuts app is now officially available to download from the iOS App Store. The release of the new Shortcuts app coincides with the release of the iOS 12 firmware and will immediately expose the highly-anticipated functionality to all iOS 12-powered devices.
The Shortcuts app was initially floated to the world back in June of this year when Apple entertained a swarm of developers in San Francisco at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
Building on from the acquisition of the Workflow app, Shortcuts was advertised as a way for users to be able to create streamlined actions and workflows that involve first-party and third-party apps and which could be invoked with a single tap or a voice command after using the “Hey, Siri” command.
The future availability of Shortcuts was received extremely well – both by developers and the general public – and has been in test ever since that initial announcement. The first public version of the app is now live and can be downloaded with immediate effect. Users downloading the app will be taken able to take advantage of a number of pre-defined Shortcuts which have been set up to make use of Apple’s first-party apps on the device. As an example, this could include turning a number of Live photos into GIFs or invoking a playlist using Apple Music.
Now, with the release of the app officially, device owners will also be able to tie-in with compatible third-party apps which have built-in support for Apple’s new Shortcuts functionality via the APIs within the iOS SDK.
Device owners, for example, could set up a Shortcut which is invoked under the “Hey, Siri, I just arrived home” command which turns on the hallway Philips Hue spotlights, turns the thermostat on to heat the house to a specific temp, and send us a message about it to significant other. Or, another example could be “Hey, Siri, goodnight” to turn all of the lights in the home and ensure that all intelligent sockets are switched off, while also setting the alarm for morning.
It will be amazing to see what Shortcuts are created and shared and which apps continue to adopt this feature. However, for now, the app is available to download from the link below.
(Download: Shortcuts App for iPhone and iPad from the App Store)
Update: Siri Shortcuts app replaces Workflow in the App Store.
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