Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time, and iMessage Screen Effects Coming to macOS This Year

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    iOS apps and features including Shortcuts, Screen Time, and iMessage effects will be coming to macOS later this year, after they're first unveiled at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference in June. The information was shared today by 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo, who spoke with people familiar with the development of macOS 10.15.


    The major update to macOS, which is expected to launch in the fall, will include support for Siri Shortcuts. Apple updated the previous Workflow app for iOS to become Siri Shortcuts in September 2018, alongside the release of iOS 12. It allows you to create multi-step automations that you can initiate with a simple Siri command.

    Today, Shortcuts has expanded to numerous third-party apps like American Airlines and Caviar. Later this year, Mac computers will get "system-wide" support for Siri Shortcuts, according to today's report.

    Secondly, macOS 10.15 will see the addition of Screen Time, which tracks your device usage and reports back to you at the end of each week with statistics on what apps you use the most. Parents can use the feature to limit the time their kids spend in certain apps, and people trying to take a break from social media can set time limits on apps like Instagram and Twitter.

    On macOS, this feature will work essentially the same as it does on iOS. It'll be housed in a new panel in System Preferences to customize its settings, and an overlay will appear when time limits are exceeded, where you can close the app or bypass the Screen Time lock with a passcode.

    Lastly, macOS will be getting iMessage screen effects that have been exclusive to iPhones and iPads for a few years. These include full screen effects like Echo, Balloons, Confetti, and Lasers. On current versions of macOS, when an iPhone user sends these effects and they're read on a Mac, the iMessage screen on Mac simply states "Sent with [Effect Name]" below the message.

    Today's news follows previous reports about Apple's plans to tie the iOS and macOS ecosystems more closely together. This includes letting developers release universal apps that work across iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices, which could happen by 2021. Last year at WWDC, Apple also ported a few iOS apps to macOS for the first time, including Home, News, Voice Memos, and Stocks.

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  2. Amadeus71 macrumors member


    Feb 12, 2013
    More useless features on macOS - remember when there were reasons to look forward to a new version of OS X?
  3. cmaier macrumors G5

    Jul 25, 2007
    Shortcuts only working with Marzipan apps means that UIKit is the future on Mac and AppKit is only for legacy, seems to me.
  4. nicho macrumors 68020

    Feb 15, 2008
    Realistically, how many people actually use apps to access social media on MacOS? (9to5mac made the same point about being able to limit use of social media apps, but about the iOS feature and the rewriting here is a little awkward)

    If this isn't baked into safari and capable of monitoring usage of individual websites/URLs, its a failure.
  5. headlessmike macrumors newbie


    May 16, 2017
    I'm sure it would work that way since it already does on iOS.
  6. vkd macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2012
    More distraction-tastic bumfluff to bloat up your hard drive.
  7. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
    i wish apple would improve macos spellcheck. give it parity with ios. had i typed this in ios and not macos, you would see several capital letters but instead there are none.
  8. Gorms macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2012
    Screen time on Mac: oh god. I’ve been dreading this. I always have a sense of happiness about my relatively low screen time on iOS devices. Secretly knowing that if a Mac one came out I’d be shamed. The day has come.

    iMessage screen effects: they better take over the WHOLE screen when a notification comes in, don’t limit it to the message window by default. I seriously want to spam my colleagues with full screen confetti and lasers as they work.

    Siri shortcuts: will we be able to trigger Automator stuff or is this the sign that’s going?

    What iOS only features will be left to port into macOS with all these leaked?
  9. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Useless crap, especially Siri shortcuts, I really have a hard time getting Shortcuts.
    Prefer stuff like APFS, or even Darkmode, not this stuff.
  10. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    the pool
    Look boss, it says I’m doing too much productivity apps!
  11. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011
    Can’t even get custom ring and text tones mirroring what’s on iPhone. Billion dollar piece of crap company.
  12. M.PaulCezanne macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2014
    More and more difficult for Tim Cook to feed us the bs about the reasons for not merging iOS and Mac OS.
  13. blinkytoo macrumors newbie


    Mar 9, 2009
    To run Mac OS you need a Mac. Does Apple still make Macs?

    The top of the line Mac Pro is 6 years old with 4+ year old hardware. The Macbook Pro has keys that stick. The Mac mini is MIA. The iMacs have 5200RPM hard drives that I had in my Mac 10 years ago and replaced with SSDs. Shouldn't all Mac come standard with SSDs in 2019?. I am still using my 2008 Mac Pro and am waiting for a compelling upgrade.

    How does the worlds most valuable company forget to do what brought them to the dance?
    I guess the heroin of iPhone profit has killed the golden Apple of innovation. "Can't innovate my ass" is right.
  14. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011
    User your porn hub use is up this week by 2hrs and 4 minutes. Would you like to set a limit?
  15. blacktape242 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2010
    Sacramento, CA
    At this rate, I have more better ideas than Tim Cook does....
  16. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Pretty negative responses so far, but I welcome feature parity between iOS and macOS, even if it’s for smaller things like these.
  17. nicho macrumors 68020

    Feb 15, 2008
    Limiting app categories blocks the respective URLs in safari? Or you mean that Safari respects the downtime setting which is not the same thing? Since apple chooses to share 2 app names out of the category and has no way of finding out what the "more" consists of, it's hard to test. And safari can't be set to overcome downtime either, btw.

    But anyway... much more granular controls over URLs for screen time would be a 100% necessity.
  18. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    Exactly. MSN candy nonsense. Screen Time for a Mac. It’s a productivity tool. Lasers and fireworks in texts. Oh boy, toppings for kids.
  19. nicho macrumors 68020

    Feb 15, 2008
    If Siri was smarter, it'd be suggesting downloads of Tinder.
  20. bjoswald macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2016
    I’d prefer it if Apple kept iOS and macOS apps segregated.
  21. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Apple sells a very nice Mac mini, which was updated in late 2018.
  22. tigres macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    anyone know of a way to build a shortcut for birthdays and iMessage? Grab contacts with say Birthdays today, and spool up an iMessage draft?
  23. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011
    You get pron downloads on tinder? News to me :)
  24. archer75 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2005
    You can get imacs with fusion drives or SSD's. Mini MIA? They just updated it! I own one.
  25. gwhizkids macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2013
    You are entitled to your opinion. Not all share it.

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