Apple Highlights Apps Offering Siri Shortcuts Integration

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple in iOS 12 introduced a new Siri Shortcuts feature that's designed to let users create multi-step automations using first and third-party apps.

    Since iOS 12's release, app developers have been adding Siri Shortcuts support to their apps, and today, Apple highlighted several apps that have launched useful Siri Shortcut options.


    Tile, for example, has added a Shortcut designed to let you find an item attached to a Tile device, like your keys, by asking Siri. Apps like CARROT and Dark Sky offer up weather details with Siri commands like "rain report" or "UV index," while Citymapper lets you get commute information in seconds.

    Evernote lets you get quick access to Shortcuts for sharing notes, creating audio notes, creating camera notes, and printing, while Day One has Shortcuts for creating journal entries and recording audio. Calendar app Fantastical lets you schedule events and preview what's coming next, and Trello, Things, and Omnifocus all have Shortcut options for streamlining projects.


    Apple also highlights Waterminder for tracking your water intake, Lose It! for keeping track of what you're eating, MyTherapy for monitoring daily medications, and meditation in Headspace, all features that can be accessed via simple Siri commands without the need to open up the respective apps.

    Article Link: Apple Highlights Apps Offering Siri Shortcuts Integration
  2. RoboCop001 macrumors 65816

    Oct 4, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    Kinda wish it didn't say "App says: ..." and just say the text. Same with "Running your Shortcut." I think it's a waste of time to say running your shortcut. And for me it kind of breaks the experience of Siri doing stuff when it's saying "App says...".

    Without those, I think the experience would be much more seamless.

    Hopefully one day, Siri won't require a highly specific phrase. Or maybe you can add multiple trigger phrases at least. Don't want to always have to speak the exact same words.
  3. vertical smile macrumors 68040

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    I wish tvOS had something like this.

    Actually, tvOS's Siri is pretty boring as I wish it could do more.

    It is unpredictable and inconsistent too, sometimes you can ask the same question twice and Siri's answer is totally different.
  4. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

    Mar 28, 2009
    Wish there was a way to schedule pre written iMessage/SMS for delivery at certain time.
  5. ersan191 macrumors 65816

    Oct 26, 2013
    Dominos, papa johns, Pizza Hut get on this so I can order pizza on my HomePod like I used to be able to on my Echo. Uber Eats would be next level!
  6. gfbane macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2013
    I wish you could run shortcuts from the watch... like you used to with workflow.
  7. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
    Too complicated to use

    (too lazy to spent time figuring it out)
  8. netdudeuk macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2012
    I just wish that Siri was smart enough to work things out and then get on with it.
  9. MrJeffreyGee macrumors regular


    Apr 20, 2009
    It'd be so sweet if you could execute these Siri ShortCuts using the Apple Watch remotely.
  10. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Set up a shortcut in Overcast called "Techmeme" which plays their "Ride Home" podcast which I listen to on my way home. BTW I highly recommend it.

    Me: "Hey Siri, Techmeme"

    Siri interpretations:

    "Hey Siri Text meme" *tries to send a message*
    "Hey Siri Tech Meme" *blob of text from Wolfram Alpha*
    "Hey Siri Techmeme" Tries to play in Overcast, fails every time on the first try, works every time on the second try if I don't end up with her thinking I said something else listed above.

    When it's having problems, I've tried "Hey Siri, Play Techmeme" which opens the Podcasts app, which I don't want because it doesn't have the features I use such as speeding up voice pauses.

    I tried setting it to "Ride Home" which a lot of times means that maps tries to pull up driving directions to my home.

    It really seems half baked at this point. I think I'm just going to have to come up with a completely different phrase like "Hey Siri I like bananas" for her to understand what I want, but even then it will always fail to start playing on the first time and play successfully when I ask a second time. Not sure if that's a glitch with Siri or Overcast.
  11. n-evo macrumors 65816


    Aug 9, 2013
    Honestly, I’m still not entirely sure how I should use this. For whatever reason it doesn’t invite me to find out either.
  12. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    I wonder how many people are going to give Siri another chance. I know I'll never switch her back on. At this point - using Siri shortcuts seems like kicking a dead horse.
  13. palmerc2 macrumors 68000


    Feb 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
  14. rols macrumors 6502a

    Jan 18, 2008
    This is how I've felt about 'shortcuts'. I know they are there only because I read sites like this. For what was one of the most anticipated features of the release according to the tech writers, if you didn't know about it you'd never find it and if you did know, you need to download the app, work out what it does and then figure out which bits work with your phone/watch etc.
  15. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I haven’t even downloaded the app yet. Zero interest in this.
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    Feel the same way.
  16. and 1989 others macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2016
    I noticed this but with an AI I don't want to add every single shortcut manually. Why isn't it automatic?!
  17. needsomecoffee macrumors regular


    May 6, 2008
    While acknowledging Apple's right to take actions to increase shareholder value... I am also aware of an Orwellian trend towards "that which is profitable is also right". "Let's be sure to feature apps with Siri short cuts above all else." You go Tim. Meanwhile I have to order another power adapter whose cable at the Mac end has frayed and shorted out. $129 to the top line, $5 to the bottom. Beware: Don has already amassed $100mm for 2020.
  18. boodle macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2004
    99% of the time I want to use Siri it's to interact with an app so that's why I don't use Siri 99% of the time.
    Siri might finally be useful once this is adopted.
  19. robbyx Suspended

    Oct 18, 2005
    Who here is actually using shortcuts (not just playing around with the feature) and what are you doing with it?

    So far I’m totally underwhelmed. I haven’t found any real use for shortcuts, but I’m curious to hear how others are using it.
  20. nitramluap macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2015
    I use a great set of sophisticated tools to monitor my water intake: my hypothalamus and kidneys...

    Talk about solutions looking for problems.
  21. ersan191, Oct 18, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2018

    ersan191 macrumors 65816

    Oct 26, 2013
    They are very useful if you have a HomePod or possibly an Apple Watch or even if you use CarPlay often, I don't use Siri directly on my phone much and I don't know anyone who does.

    I use the Tile one to find my keys/wallet/remotes a lot, also App in the Air to check on my flight status, and Crypto Pro to get the price of cryptocurrencies. Prescription reminders are good for those that take a lot. Not very many apps support them yet so I'm sure there will be more uses soon.

    Most of the people in this thread seem to be confusing the Shortcuts app with Siri Shortcuts which are built into specific apps (and what this article is about). I actually haven't found much use for the Shortcuts app yet but in-app Siri Shortcuts are pretty useful.
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    You could grab an old iPad 2 or iPhone 4S for like 30 bucks, log them into your iCloud account, jailbreak them, and use iScheduler. That's what I do, I always have an old iOS 9 jailbroken device around for added functionality (Remote Messages is especially useful).
  22. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    I'm a simple man. All I want is Siri ton understand Australian. And be as fast as Google voice recognition.
  23. RodThePlod macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2005
    “There are five banana shops nearby. Would you like directions?”
  24. Tozovac macrumors 65816


    Jun 12, 2014
    I don’t know about anybody else, but I love seeing screens that don’t look like amateurish unfinished blank page white outs.

    More examples of returning to iOS 6 levels of professionalism and finish, undoing a little more of Jony’s unnecessary reinventions and change for the sake of change at iOS 7 nice and slowly, so as not to tip off and upset the Emperor.
  25. nwcs macrumors 68000


    Sep 21, 2009
    I use it daily. I downloaded the shortcut for Home ETA. When I need to let my wife know roughly when I’ll be home I’ll just say “going home” and it sends her a text with my approximate ETA. Very convenient. I also used the directions to my next appointment shortcut which is handy when starting out to get navigation going without needing a lot of steps. I don’t use many shortcuts but the ones I use are useful.

    You should look at the shortcut app gallery to see some of the things it can do. It can range from silly simple to pretty sophisticated.

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