The MacRumors Show: Apple Shortcuts and iOS 18 ft. Matthew Cassinelli

Matthew Cassinelli, one of the minds behind Workflow, joins us on this week's episode of The MacRumors Show to talk Apple Shortcuts and potential improvements and AI features coming to the app in iOS 18.


Workflow was a unique iOS app that allowed users to create macros for executing specific sequential tasks on their device. In 2017, Apple acquired Workflow and, the following year, it was rebranded as "Shortcuts." Shortcuts have since become a key part of Apple's ecosystem and can be used for a huge range of powerful, automated actions. Matthew was present at Workflow throughout its transition to Apple and now offers his own library of complex Shortcuts, which you can access over on his website.

Last year, a report from The Information claimed that ‌iOS 18‌ will introduce some major AI features to Siri and the Shortcuts app. Apple apparently wants ‌‌Siri‌‌ to be able to help users automate complex, multi-step tasks with voice-based commands and have much deeper integration with Shortcuts, such as by potentially helping users build them.

We break down Apple Shortcuts for beginners and look at some of the many use-cases for the app, as well as consider where it could go next with AI. The MacRumors Show is now on its own YouTube channel, so make sure you're subscribed to keep up with new episodes and clips going forward:

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Top Rated Comments

peterjames.org Avatar
7 weeks ago
The Macrumors Show: Apple Shortcuts and iOS. 18 foot tall Matthew Cassinelli. ?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mcled53 Avatar
7 weeks ago
The biggest problem I have with shortcuts is after an IOS update they fail and there's no way to debug. No. 2 problem is there is not text file I can edit -> Shortcut is gui only and the drag and drop range I need is bigger than my iPhone screen.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
einsteinbqat Avatar
7 weeks ago
Shortcuts IS NOT easy to use. I gave up, and tried to find ready made Shortcuts.

@Hartley Oooh ? New haircut! ?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spaxxedout Avatar
7 weeks ago
Nailed it

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Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
StoneJack Avatar
7 weeks ago
Siri and intelligence are not much compatible words
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Fuzzball84 Avatar
7 weeks ago

You say "We" but should have said "I". You don't speak for us.
And you dont speak for "us" either ?

It was a joke!
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)