Last month Apple acquired work automation app Workflow, which gives users the ability to create a variety of workflows that can translate articles, create GIFs from photos, calculate tips, and more. It's still unclear what Apple plans to do with the app in the future, but Workflow remains on the App Store in the wake of the acquisition, and now it appears that the app will no longer receive any noticeable updates down the line.

In an email from Workflow support sent to a user of the app, and discussed on the Accidental Tech Podcast (via iGeneration), the company has confirmed that there are "no further planned updates for Workflow," but it will continue to support the app's current functionality and has no intention to fully abandon it.

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"But just so you know, we have no further planned updates for Workflow. That being said we are continuing to support Workflow's current functionality and have no plans to end support, so let me know if you run across any bugs or crashes."

Following the acquisition, Apple made Workflow free to download on the App Store and reimbursed customers who had recently paid for the app. Certain features were also removed from the app after Apple bought it, including workflow functionality that involved Google Chrome, Pocket, LINE, Telegram, and Uber.

Apple is predicted to include Workflow directly into iOS in the future, at which time the current Workflow app will likely be removed from the App Store. As such, the app is now sitting in a sort of limbo stage between its recent acquisition -- where Apple also received Workflow team members Ari Weinstein, Conrad Kramer, and Nick Frey -- and a future integration in iOS, perhaps iOS 11 this fall.

Top Rated Comments

Abazigal Avatar
76 months ago
Keeping my fingers crossed Apple doesn't screw this one up. Only just got started with tinkering with workflow and it would be a shame to see this app neutered or abandoned just like that.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ugahairydawgs Avatar
76 months ago
This seems like an obvious step. No need for this app in its current state if similar functionality is enveloped directly into iOS.

I can't imagine they bought Workflow to mothball it.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BeefCake 15 Avatar
76 months ago
God forbid Apple allows other competitor companies make use of workflow of course!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kajje Avatar
76 months ago
BREAKING. Apple buys app that does a lot of stuff, removes the stuff.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jovada Avatar
76 months ago
What a funny title! They're adapting to their new environment by not updating the app anymore. Brilliant!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SeattleMoose Avatar
76 months ago
Once again, a big company buys a cool app just to kill it.

I was so pissed off when Google bought and killed Sparrow. It was the best mail client I'd ever used.
Hoping that this is NOT the case here. Integrating a revised version into the OS would be a nice productivity perk. If they just "kill it", then I will be pissed with you.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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