Launch Center Pro Gains NFC Triggers, New Themes, Siri Shortcuts Support and More

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Launch Center Pro, an app that offers quick access shortcuts for everyday tasks, today released a major update that adds quite a bit of new functionality.

Version 3.0 of the app introduces NFC triggers, letting the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max trigger actions using custom NFC stickers. In-app NFC scanning is available for the iPhone 7 and later.


NFC stickers can be purchased within the Launch Center Pro app and through Contrast's website. NFC stickers can be associated with different trigger actions, and will cause an action to launch via a notification when used.

So, for example, you can put a sticker on your nightstand that triggers a shortcut showing your list of alarms, which will then pop up automatically when you place an iPhone XS, XS Max, or XR near it, or you can put a sticker in the car that triggers a message to someone letting them know your ETA.

There are endless options for these NFC stickers for tasks like triggering HomeKit scenes, getting directions to a specific place, starting music or podcasts, and more.

A new advanced scheduling feature in Launch Center Pro 3.0 is designed to let you assign more than one schedule to a single action, and Launch Center Pro actions can now be turned into Siri Shortcuts with Siri support.

New themes have been added to the app, including a "True Black" theme designed for Apple's OLED devices. Alternate app icons have been added so you can choose from various color variations and all past Launch Center Pro icons, and there's an option to import icons from the Shortcuts app.


Also new is support for the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max, and this version of the app is also universal, which means the dedicated Launch Center Pro for iPad app has been retired.

With the update, Launch Center Pro is free to download, with an in-app subscription and in-app purchases available to unlock full functionality.

Anyone who has paid for Launch Center Pro in the past will be able to continue using the existing paid features sans subscription, but access to the new features in the 3.0 version will require a subscription purchase or one of several other payment options. Launch Center Pro also offers a one-time payment of $29.99 to unlock the 3.0 content ($24.99 for existing users) and individual 3.0 update features can be unlocked for one-time purchase prices starting at $1.99.

Launch Center Pro can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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22 months ago
I appreciate the discount for having purchased the previous version. I went ahead and made the one-time purchase. I like the app and have no problem supporting developers who are doing good work and communicating with customers.
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22 months ago

I thought developers couldn’t use the NFC capability in the iPhone? Wasn’t that why the Australian Banks were complaining about being unable to create their own digital wallets?

They can read tags now, but can't send custom data, which would be needed.
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22 months ago
Is there a way to do nfc triggers without this app?
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22 months ago

Read the description too fast and expected a complaint thread about the 29.99 subscription... o_O

Looks like they're one-time purchases instead of recurring software rental charges. If I wanted this functionality, I'd pay, no problem.

Hm, now YOU read MY description too fast :D
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