Siri Shortcuts Expands to American Airlines, Caviar, and Other Apps, Coming Soon to Airbnb

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    Apple today announced that American Airlines, Dexcom, Caviar, Merriam Webster, and Spectre have added Siri Shortcuts support to their apps this week. Airbnb, Drop, ReSound, and Smarter also plan to add Siri Shortcuts integration to their apps over the next few months.

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    Apple provided us with a summary of how Siri Shortcuts works in each app:American Airlines: Get updates on all your flight details ("Hey Siri, flight update"). This includes flight status, drive time, a map of the airport with gate location, walking time to gate, boarding time, and more.
    Caviar: Set up a shortcut to re-order food and check order status. ("Hey Siri, order my usual pizza" or "Hey Siri, Caviar order status").
    Dexcom: Lets diabetics better track and manage glucose levels through their app ("Hey Siri, what's my blood glucose?").
    Merriam Webster Dictionary: Ask for the word of the day ("Hey Siri, what's the word of the day?")
    Spectre: You can use shortcuts to take long exposure photos hands-free ("Hey Siri, long exposure") so the phone doesn't move while shooting.Coming in March-April:Airbnb: Get details on your stay, including check in and check out times, address and map, and Wi-Fi password ("Hey Siri, my Airbnb stay").
    Drop for Bosch: Make your morning coffee before you get out of bed ("Hey Siri, make an espresso").
    ReSound: Change the setting of your hearing aid based on surroundings ("Hey Siri, restaurant mode").
    strong>Smarter: Make a pot of coffee using the Smarter Coffee Machine ("Hey Siri, make a small pot of coffee").Apple says thousands of apps now support Siri Shortcuts, which debuted as a key feature of iOS 12 last year.

    Apple's examples include Waze, Nike Run Club, Snoww, HomeCourt, AutoSleep, QardioArm, DSLR Camera, Pandora, Tile, Overcast, Evernote, Trello, Omnifocus, Things, Fantastical, Citymapper, Kayak, Hotels.com, British Airways, Lufthansa, Booking.com, VRBO, CARROT, The Weather Channel, Dark Sky, and many others.


    Siri Shortcuts let you create voice and tap-activated automations that can complete multiple complex tasks in just a few seconds. The feature is available in the Settings app under Siri & Search and through the dedicated Shortcuts app.

    Update: Apple has since highlighted several of these Siri Shortcuts apps in a press release.

    Article Link: Siri Shortcuts Expands to American Airlines, Caviar, and Other Apps, Coming Soon to Airbnb
     
  2. orbital~debris macrumors 6502a

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    Siri shortcuts could be/is a way to compete with Alexa ‘skills’ if marketed correctly.
     
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    Siri Shortcuts. The buggiest Apple app so far.
     
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    I wish this would work for starting workouts on the Apple Watch, and bring up Apple Wallet cards.
     
  6. cmaier macrumors G5

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    There is no such app.
     
  7. Pagemakers macrumors 68020

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    Shortcuts app then!
     
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    That's up to spotify. However there are shortcuts that use web links to launch playlists and such in the spotify app. I have one and can use it to launch a variety of playlists. The reddit shortcuts group is very helpful for finding and downloading shortcuts.

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    Yep, every day. With carplay mostly. Sometimes on my phone at home.
     
  10. ersan191, Feb 28, 2019
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    I just want dominos/papa johns/Pizza Hut. Dominos has this entire “AnyWare” campaign with 50 million ways to order but still no Siri Shortcut.

    Uber Eats would be great too.
     
  11. hagar macrumors 6502a

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    Siri Shortcuts. Apple’s way of giving up on making Siri smarter. Prerecorded sentences are not the way.
     
  12. archer75 macrumors 68020

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    Quite the opposite. Shortcuts makes siri quite a bit smarter and gives it functionality beyond what anyone else has.
     
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    What kind of question is this? I swear I’m dumbfounded sometimes by that cynicism in MacRumors forums. It was predictable that people would immediately start ragging on Siri, and making comments that feel three years old. I use Siri 30 times a day. Siri is incredibly useful and powerful, and gets more so on a regular basis. Anyone with an iPhone, iPad or HomePod who doesn’t use Siri on the regular is living in the past and not maximizing their time, nor their investment. Complaining about Siri is an easy, tired bit. Siri does things that Alexa can’t touch, and handles general language better than Alexa, which requires more narrow, precise commands. A recent study with 800 queries showed that Siri made huge gains over the past year and is now second only to Google Assistant. Shortcuts is a fantastic app that has expanded Siri use to dozens of new services and activities for me. I can’t wait to see what Apple does with Siri at WWDC this June. Based on the progress they’ve made in the past year and a half, and with the ex-Google guy now the VP in charge of machine learning, I’m expecting big things.
     
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    "hey Siri find out why my flight is oversold"
     
  15. hagar macrumors 6502a

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    No. It’s not. A truly smart Siri would have more knowledge, understand more context, be pro-active, etc. But Shortcuts doesn’t require any artificial intelligence. It’s just pre recorded sentences the user has to program and remember exactly in order to trigger a workflow. After a few weeks I already forgot most sentences I recorded so for me the feature is more or less useless.
     
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    It's actually the most used digital assistant in the world, used billions of times a week and in more languages by far than any other digital assistant. No, it doesn't have as many built in skills as Alexa, such as farting on command, but for things people actually use their smart speakers for, Siri does them all and does them well. Indeed, in a most recent "test" by a major tech pub, Siri was close to Google and well ahead of Alexa and Cortana.
     
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    I don’t even have it downloaded
     
  18. kakinc, Feb 28, 2019
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    Seriously... what?
    If you came from or have actually used other "assistants". Then you would not have wrote this...
    Like most Apple users, we try to give Apple's apps a chance before trying others...
    Just like Apple Maps, Siri is not getting better comparatively speaking.
    This same questions, other assistants gives you direct answer, Siri would just direct you to a web search

    I try to use it every couple months, weeks, or when I see a related update. Still have yet to see any real progress.

    *I do use it with Homekit... that's about it. Don't think it need to be smart to turn on the lights when I ask it to.
     
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    I use it constantly especially for HomeKit and music
     
  20. truthertech macrumors 68000

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    Siri shortcuts built into apps is likely going to be more successful than Alexa skills. The reason being that if you choose to use an App, and the App has one or two Siri skills built in, you've solved the discovery problem, and more importantly, you've solved the relevancy problem. Surveys show that Alexa's "skills" are a lot of hype. Almost no one uses those obscure "skills." A recent major survey showed that the majority of people haven't used a single Alexa "skill" beyond the basic ones. In terms of smart speakers, for example, people use them almost exclusively to listen to music/pod casts, check weather. set timers, control lights, and check messages. All of these and more Siri does great on, with far superior sound quality.

    Siri, like all of them, is still in the infant stage with a lot of room for improvement, but I use Siri everyday to set alarms, reminders, make phone calls, check and send messages, check my calendar, check on weather, sport scores, traffic, control my Homekit lights, and of course listen to great sounding music and podcasts. She is spot on the vast majority of times for these simple tasks (in the not too distant past, this would have been considered science fiction:)) but again, I look forward to seeing the fruits of investments like VocalIQ where Siri can decode more natural language and sequential conversations, etc.
     
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    Do you think your anecdotal experience with Siri carries more weight than someone else's? Or your opinion of Siri's capabilities somehow more relevant than someone with a lower opinion of it's capabilities?
    Siri is okay. Not using Siri on a regular basis is more than okay. Suggesting otherwise is silly. Opinions amirite?
     
  22. archer75, Feb 28, 2019
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    Siri works fine for my requests. If you forgot what you set it as that sounds like a you problem.

    What does siri not do that I need it to? What do other assistants do that I need? I have several alexa and google home devices at home so I can test.
     
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    Wish I could use it to control Spotify
     
  24. hagar macrumors 6502a

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    It’s not because Siri is the holy grail for you and is everything you need, that it’s perfect. For most people, Siri is too limited because it’s not “smart” enough. If Siri doesn’t understand the question, because the user didn’t use the proper syntax, she already failed.

    Technology should be transparant, especially according to Apple’s philosophy. Siri Shortcuts is exactly the opposite. I need to hunt for Add to Siri buttons in apps, record and remember sentences, etc. It’s far too cumbersome for the vast majority of iOS users. Siri should acquire knowledge in the background when a Siri enabled app is installed. Hopefully that’s the next step. But it’s probably a long way off.
     

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