Apps Introducing Support for Siri Shortcuts and Other iOS 12 Features

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    Apple this morning released iOS 12, and following the update, hundreds of apps are introducing support for the new features, including Siri Shortcuts. Siri Shortcuts let you create multi-step automations using first and third-party apps that can be activated through Siri voice command.

    Below, we've rounded up some of the more notable apps that have been introducing support for Siri Shortcuts. Siri Shortcuts can be created in the Shortcuts app in iOS 12, but are available for use in iOS 12, in watchOS 5 and on the Siri watch face, on HomePod, and with CarPlay.

    ETA - ETA is a navigation app that offers up directions, traffic conditions, and travel time. With the new update, ETA introduces shortcuts for adding a location, calculating and displaying travel time, and getting turn-by-turn directions.

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    TripIt - TripIt, a travel organization app, is introducing Siri Shortcuts that let users access flight information and upcoming travel plans that are stored within the app.

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    Bear - Note taking app Bear includes Siri Shortcuts designed to let you create new notes on iOS and use Siri to search through your notes without opening the Bear app. There are also new navigation options, enhanced header linking, new iMessage stickers, and more transparency surrounding syncing. Bear for macOS has also been updated with features like Dark Mode support.

    Halide - Photography app Halide is introducing Siri Shortcuts support that's designed to let you trigger a shot using a Siri voice command. With the Shortcuts integration, Halide can also show up as a contextual suggestion if you take photos at specific times or places. Halide's latest update also includes support for iPhone XS Max, wide color, and a new feature called "Technical Readout" that creates a report with system-level details about the iPhone's camera. There are performance improvements.

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    Sky Guide - Sky Guide has introduced Siri Shortcuts for identifying objects in the sky with commands like "Hey Siri, what star is that?" with the iPhone pointed at a specific star or planet. Sky Guide's shortcut will let Siri tap into Sky Guide's info to provide the answer, with no need to open up the Sky Guide app.

    Things 3 - To-do app Things is gaining full support for Siri Shortcuts, which will also enable Siri suggestions for Things tasks. There's are Shortcuts integrations for adding new items to a Things to-do list, opening up a list you refer to often, and creating repeat lists for tasks you do more than once, such as packing for a trip. Password AutoFill, Landscape Mode, and Dynamic Snooze Notifications are also included. Things will now appear on the Apple Watch on the Siri watch face thanks to Shortcuts integration.

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    Pandora - Pandora includes support for Siri Shortcuts, with a new option that lets you ask Siri to play a favorite station. Siri is also able to keep track of your favorite Pandora stations and present them as suggestions on the Lock screen.

    PCalc - Popular calculator app PCalc introduces support for Siri Shortcuts with options like rounding to a certain number of decimal places when making a calculation or converting currencies or measurements. All of PCalc's app features can be turned into shortcuts that are designed to run in the background or open up PCalc to perform an action. PCalc users should read MacStories' complete overview of the PCalc shortcut update for details.

    WaterMinder - With WaterMinder's new Siri Shortcuts, you can create shortcuts for logging a drink, showing the last logged drink, showing your remaining hydration goal for the day, or showing your current daily hydration level.

    Carrot Weather - With Siri Shortcuts support, you can get weather reports and forecasts without needing to open the Carrot Weather app. There are options for current weather, weather forecast, rain reports, and more. Today's Carrot Weather update also supports Apple's new iPhones and complications on Apple Watch Series 4, and it shows as a data source on the Siri watch face.

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    Day One - Day One's iOS 12 update brings Siri Shortcuts that can do things like create a new entry, camera, or audio recording specific to an individual journal, so you can create new content for each of your journals via voice command. The update also introduces a new filter for checklist entries and it includes support for typing Markdown links.

    Focus 5 - Pomodoro-based time management app Focus 5 includes Siri shortcuts for doing things like adding new tasks or accessing the app through Siri predictions. The app also includes a new task lit feature for better organizing tasks and it offers a Dark Mode.

    Monster Job Search - The app for job search site Monster now supports Siri Shortcuts for your favorite search queries, preventing you from needing to repeatedly type in the same search terms.

    For those who are just getting started with Shortcuts, Apple has shared a detailed Shortcuts User Guide, which is a great way to get acquainted with all of the things that the Shortcuts feature is able to do.

    The user guide is organized into sections that include Shortcuts basics, creating and using Shortcuts, managing Shortcuts, using advanced Shortcuts, and frequently asked questions.

    Know of other apps that have introduced support for Siri Shortcuts and other iOS 12 features? Let us know in the comments. We'd also love to hear the most useful Siri Shortcuts features you've found so far in iOS 12.

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  2. TheOtherJFK macrumors newbie

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    I really hope this means Nest will get their s**t together and work with their iOS customers. Not offering HomeKit is just stubborn.
     
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    I really look forward to using this app. Could open up a whole range of things I will actually use Siri for, especially with all of the 3rd party integration.
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    Yeah, I am still waiting on Ring to add HomeKit support. Its really really ridiculous at this point. They have been saying "It's coming" forever now.
     
  5. ck2875 macrumors 6502a

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    Most useful addition I have found is Citymapper's Siri Shortcuts to check on nearby departures or your commute. Simply asking HomePod when the next train arrives and having it say there's one 3 minutes away according to Citymapper is easily going to be part of my daily routine (granted, there might be differences in how close the train is).

    I tried setting up Siri Shortcuts with Transit, but it doesn't seem to work with HomePod for whatever reason, and would only work if I activated Siri on my phone. On the phone, it would pull up the departures. On HomePod, it would get confused and say I needed to do that on my phone. Since HomePod wrangles control of "Hey Siri" away from nearby devices, that was a bit of a no-go.
     
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    Useless if you don't talk to your *iPhone, downloaded it and removed it within 5 minutes.

    *=Siri... Not actually the iPhone, it's a phone, everyone talks to his/her phone while calling/getting a call.
     
  8. Romeo_Nightfall macrumors newbie

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    And You can catch a 3 minute away train? Do You already have the homepod portable or carry around a battery pack, haha

    Just kidding ... its already late here in AT
     
  9. JasonLR macrumors newbie

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    TeamSnap added a siri shortcut for finding out when your next game/event is.

    "Next in TeamSnap"
     
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    Tried out ETA. Selected the wife out of contacts, but when I asked Siri to run ETA my name appeared in the 'To' field instead. I think it struggles with the fact that the first number listed for us both is our home number. If I add the wife's actual phone number instead of going through contacts, then it works.

    Not really the best UX from Apple.
     
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    I think it's about 3-5 minutes depending on the cooperation of walk signals once I'm out the front door. But yeah, it probably takes me longer than 3 minutes to gather my things, put on my shoes, and lock up, etc. More often than not though that 3 minute away train is going to be closing its doors about the time I step outside, so if nothing else Siri saying it's three minutes away lets me know to wait a bit longer before leaving to catch the next one if I don't want to wait outside (I usually don't).
     
  12. numbersyx macrumors 65816

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    Can't find Siri Shortcuts app on the iPhone after installing ios 12
     
  13. ersan191 macrumors 6502a

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    Give me Dominos/Papa Johns/Pizza Hut so I can order pizza from my HomePod! And Uber Eats!
     
  14. atikalz macrumors regular

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    Sorry, I am into everything new stuff but I don't get the use of shortcuts. It looks so complicated and nerdy to me.
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    Have to download it on the app store
     
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    After the iPhone presentation, this article and previous Shortcut articles ... I still don’t understand how Shortcuts will work for me as of yet. Maybe cause I don’t have routines ... yet I’m guessing for weight training getting a good meal plan to stick to and eat timings maybe something I could use?

    Things! I still don’t know how to use this app as it makes me feel like an idiot!!

    Thanks for this!! Transit app (and their GO live crowdsourcing feature) may work great for this.

    My only issue is Transit like every other transit app still thinks a potential route where I live in Toronto makes sense to head North 2 major streets to head West before going south downtown.

    This is the only reason I have NOt upgrades to iOS 12. One more backup and AppleCare+ replacement is in order first.

    Maybe in settings or grouped within Extras folder? Swipe from top of screen and use Search to launch it. How that helps.
     
  16. robbieleffel macrumors member

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    Just search for it in iOS.
     
  17. numbersyx macrumors 65816

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    Thanks. Didn't know that.
     
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    It’s literally version 2.0 of the Workflow app, with many of the same limitations and complications. Additionally, it does not work at all if you have Siri disabled, even when you had Workflow before. There also do not seem to be any location-based or event-based triggers. Such a disappointment.
     
  19. burgman macrumors 68000

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    Maybe a requirement from Amazon Alexa integration was not to play nice with others.
     
  20. spazzcat macrumors 68020

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    Siri shortcuts are different than the shortcut app and are not hard...
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    The Carrot Weather shortcuts work on the HomePod.
     
  21. TheSkywalker77 macrumors 6502a

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    Hoping they add Spotify support. Pandora is in there, Spotify next?? o_O
     
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    Wheres the Tile update....this is what I've been waiting for and now Tile support
     
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    This is going to be a fun thread to follow to see what clever shortcuts all of you beautiful people come up with. :)
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    This might not be a time saver, or may still be a useless tip for most, but someone might like it... I went into the Accessibility settings and turned on Type to Siri. Now when you activate Siri with a hardware button, you can type your request. Note that this setting is all or nothing - you don't get to choose to talk via with hardware press if you enable this, you must type. However, if you want to talk, "Hey Siri" without pressing a hardware button works just fine even if this setting is enabled. So it's the best of both worlds to me.
     
  24. adrianlondon macrumors 6502a

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    I've created a shortcut and I don't use Siri. I used the option to create an icon on my homescreen for the shortcut (it also shows if I enable the Shortcut widget), so I simply click on it. No talking needed.
     
  25. spazzcat macrumors 68020

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    I think people are missing this for Siri shortcuts from third-party apps and has not to do with the Shortcuts App. You can create app shortcuts without install Shortcuts App. Also, you can create a Siri shortcut for you shortcuts you build in the Shortcut App.

    P.S. I think they should have kept the name Workflows for the app...
     

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