Apple has officially released Shortcuts app version 2.1 final to the general public. The latest update to the relatively new Shortcuts app is available to download for all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch hardware right now from the official iOS App Store.
It’s actually somewhat unusual for Apple to be pushing out pre-release seeds of one of its apps and then release a final version as it has. This is behavior that we typically expect from firmware releases for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, but this is a relatively unique situation for an actual app.
However, that is the position that we find ourselves in and Apple has placed a lot of attention on the Shortcuts app so it’s perhaps not a huge surprise that the Cupertino-based company wanted to beta test version 2.1 ahead of its release.
After a number of pre-release seeds were issued to developers and testers, version 2.1 is now final and out for consumption. As part of those beta releases, Apple offered a number of improvements for users of the app, such as new Weather and Photos actions which unlocked such power as getting the current weather, getting the weather forecast, and getting the last photo import.
Apple also fixed a number of issues that users were facing with the initial release of Shortcuts, such as using shortcuts to search the App Store or the iTunes store. There was also a fix for a Clock-related issue that didn’t honor the user’s chosen preferences.
Beta 2 of Shortcuts 2.1 was also a similar release for Apple. A whole bunch of new actions was added, there were some enhancements to additional abilities within the app, and Apple made things a lot easier and more functional by ensuring that certain actions for Calls and FaceTime could be invoked without having to force unlock the device.
The third pre-release seed of version 2.1 followed a similar trend by fixing a number of issues with actions as well as the order of shortcuts when syncing across other devices using iCloud. All-in-all, version 2.1 is a fairly significant update which you can download right now in final form from the Updates section of the iOS App Store.
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