Apple Shortcuts With Multiple Actions Reportedly Run Faster in iOS 14.6

Apple appears to have quietly given its Shortcuts feature a performance boost in iOS 14.6 and iPadOS 14.6, which launched for iPhone and iPad on Monday.

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Despite no mention of the feature in the software's release notes, users on Reddit are describing speed improvements when running automations that include multiple actions.

For example, one user describes how a 700-action shortcut they designed to scrape websites is running in 13 seconds since updating to iOS 14.6, compared to around 30 seconds in the previous version.

As 9to5Mac notes, the speed improvements aren't all that noticeable for Shortcuts that don't have many actions, but for those with actions that number in the dozens or hundreds, the performance boost is a lot more obvious.

Apple's iOS 14.6 update isn't quite as significant as the iOS 14.5 update that preceded it, but it still introduces a number of notable new features, including support for Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio in Apple Music, Apple Card Family, and Apple Podcasts Subscription support.

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Top Rated Comments

mccdyl001 Avatar
41 months ago
A 700 action shortcut? That does seem rather extreme.

Edit: went looking for what a 700 action shortcut does. From the links:

It’s a daily wallpaper switcher. It pulls a random post from the 25 most popular posts of the day on r/earthporn ('https://www.reddit.com/r/earthporn'). Then it runs a shortcut that overlays a calendar+weather+reminder graphic over the image (pulls from phones info and events). That image is then set to the Lock Screen. Then the original image is blurred and set to the home screen. It has a few options (disabling calendar overlay, disabling blur).
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LFC2020 Avatar
41 months ago

Great edition! Can’t wait till the new iOS 15 is release now. See what Apple has been cooking.
Cant wait to install the first iOS 15 public beta on my M1 mini led iPad ?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
41 months ago
Great edition! Can’t wait till the new iOS 15 is release now. See what Apple has been cooking.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
_Spinn_ Avatar
41 months ago
This is pretty cool. I love shortcuts and I’m glad Apple is improving performance behind the scenes. I wonder what they actually did to get this speed up?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LFC2020 Avatar
41 months ago

Very subtle ;)
Typing this on my mini led iPad Pro 12.9 inch :)
Sigh, I would have bought an iPad Mini Pro with mini led this year if Apple made it.
I want mini led everything, mini led for the win ? white text looks so much better on my mini led iPad, pure white and way brighter compared to the slightly yellow white text on my 12 pro max, looks like someone has taken a wee wee over my phone. ?

The more I use this mini led display the more this screen blows me away, iOS 15 is going to look amazing on it.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Pafoofnik Avatar
41 months ago
I remember when there used to be editors who caught bad grammar. Now bad grammar is as common as bad reporting.

"Despite no mention of the feature in the software's release notes, users on Reddit ('https://www.reddit.com/r/shortcuts/comments/nkk1rm/ios_and_ipados_146_have_made_running_shortcuts/') are...." No, it's not the Reddit users who made no mention, it was Apple who made no mention. Should be: "Despite Apple making no mention of the feature in the software's release notes, users on Reddit ('https://www.reddit.com/r/shortcuts/comments/nkk1rm/ios_and_ipados_146_have_made_running_shortcuts/') are...." (Sorry, folks, I'm a born editor.)
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)