New Shortcuts app
The new Shortcuts app – which is built on an existing app called ‘Workflow’ that Apple acquired back in March 2017 – allows users to chain together a set of instructions, and in doing so, create custom ‘shortcuts’.
Once a shortcut is saved, it can be triggered by Siri using a voice command, meaning tasks that would have previously involved multiple steps can be requested and completed in moments.
In theory, you can set up a shortcut that starts heating the water at home, gives you directions on how to get home from your current location, then send a message to your family to let them know you’re on your way.
Are you going on a trip? Create a shortcut that checks the weather, traffic, suggesting the best route to take.
Developers will be able to create ‘actions’ within their apps that can be used in Shortcuts.
On release, there will be hundreds of shortcuts available for download from a gallery inside the app.
Siri suggestions learn your routines with continued use, so over time you’ll be notified suggested shortcuts tailored just for you.
If you’re running late for an event, Siri will suggest that you send a text saying you’re going to be late. When watching a movie, Siri will suggest turning your phone on Do Not Disturb.
Food knowledge will enable you to ask Siri questions about food, including calories, vitamins, and how healthy a food is overall. For example, ask, “How much fat is there in whole milk?” or “How healthy are peanuts?”
It’s not clear at this point if this feature will work outside the US, as it taps into the USDA database to search for information.
Already an incredibly useful tool, Siri translate is due to receive a significant update in iOS 12, with a considerable number of new languages included, with support for over 40 language pairs.
- Get live motorsport rankings, schedules, rosters, and stats.
- Possibly more of a distraction than useful, you’ll be able to check facts about celebrities, such as “What is George RR Martin’s latest novel?” or “How old is Jennifer Lawrence?
- Use Siri to quickly pull up photos and memories based on people, places, events, time, and keywords of objects and scenes in the images.
- Siri can help you search for any password.
Want to discover more about using Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant, the smart way? We’ve written a helpful collection of tutorials full of techniques about using apps, dictating, using Siri Shortcuts, and a comprehensive beginner’s guide to activating and using Siri.