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Apple Releases Updated Version of Shortcuts With New Notes-Related Actions

Apple today released an updated version of Shortcuts, introducing support for several new actions related to the Notes app. There are options for Create Note, Append to Note, Find Notes, and Show Notes, all of which can be incorporated into your shortcuts. There's also a new Get Numbers input action for pulling numbers from text, and Get Time Travel includes more details like route name, arrival time, and distance. You can also now tap on the Library tab to get to the bottom of the shortcuts list more quickly. Apple's full release notes for the new 2.2 Shortcuts update are below: - Create and access Notes in your shortcuts with the new Create Note, Append to Note, Find Notes, and Show Note actions - Pull out numbers from text using the new Get Numbers from Input action - Tapping on the Library tab will now scroll to the bottom of your shortcuts list - Get Travel Time now returns more details, including route name, arrival time, and distance - Bug fixes and improvementsThe Shortcuts app, introduced in iOS 12, is designed to allow iOS users to create multi-step shortcuts and automations using both first and third-party apps, with the shortcuts able to be activated using Siri commands. Through Shortcuts, for example, you can create an automation to do something like turn on the thermostat at home using the Nest app, text your roommate that you're on the way with Messages, and open up the Maps app with directions home all with a single "I'm going home" Siri command spoken when leaving work. Shortcuts are deeply customizable, with Apple's

MacStories Shares Useful Collection of 150 Custom iOS Shortcuts

Apple in iOS 12 introduced a new Shortcuts app, built on the Workflow app that it acquired in 2017. Shortcuts lets you automate tasks, simplifying everything from calculating a tip to sharing an Apple Music song. Shortcuts can do an endless number of things, but it can be tough to find useful new Shortcuts if you're not well versed in building them yourself. MacStories' Federico Viticci, known for creating useful Shortcuts, this morning announced a collection of Shortcuts that he's created over the years. The MacStories Shortcuts archive includes 150 shortcuts at launch, but Viticci plans to add more over time. The archive is neatly organized into various categories, and everything is available for free. MacStories says that anyone is free to download, modify, and redistribute shortcuts from the archive to meet their needs. Viticci updated and adapted all of the shortcuts that he's been using in the Workflow app for years, so this is a robust collection filled with automations for developers, writers, and the average iPhone user. There are shortcuts for copying App Store release notes, saving screenshots, getting affiliate links, and more, and that's just in the App Store section. Other useful shortcuts include a file downloader for iCloud Drive, a PDF creation tool, an option for zipping a collection of files, logging weight in the Health app, calculating average heart rate for the last two weeks, adding frames to screenshots from Apple products, getting images from a webpage, and many more. If you want additional shortcuts, the Shortcuts

Siri Shortcuts Expands to American Airlines, Caviar, and Other Apps, Coming Soon to Airbnb

Apple today announced that American Airlines, Dexcom, Caviar, Merriam Webster, and Spectre have added Siri Shortcuts support to their apps this week. Airbnb, Drop, ReSound, and Smarter also plan to add Siri Shortcuts integration to their apps over the next few months. Apple provided us with a summary of how Siri Shortcuts works in each app:American Airlines: Get updates on all your flight details ("Hey Siri, flight update"). This includes flight status, drive time, a map of the airport with gate location, walking time to gate, boarding time, and more. Caviar: Set up a shortcut to re-order food and check order status. ("Hey Siri, order my usual pizza" or "Hey Siri, Caviar order status"). Dexcom: Lets diabetics better track and manage glucose levels through their app ("Hey Siri, what's my blood glucose?"). Merriam Webster Dictionary: Ask for the word of the day ("Hey Siri, what's the word of the day?") Spectre: You can use shortcuts to take long exposure photos hands-free ("Hey Siri, long exposure") so the phone doesn't move while shooting.Coming in March-April:Airbnb: Get details on your stay, including check in and check out times, address and map, and Wi-Fi password ("Hey Siri, my Airbnb stay"). Drop for Bosch: Make your morning coffee before you get out of bed ("Hey Siri, make an espresso"). ReSound: Change the setting of your hearing aid based on surroundings ("Hey Siri, restaurant mode"). strong>Smarte

Waze App for iOS Gains Siri Shortcuts Support

Google-owned mapping app Waze was today updated with support for the Siri Shortcuts feature that Apple introduced in iOS 12. With Siri Shortcuts in Waze, you can record shortcuts for your drive home, drive to work, favorite locations, and more, all of which can be activated with a simple Siri voice command. Waze is a popular Apple Maps alternative on iOS devices as it is known for its accurate traffic and hazard alerts, along with time-saving routing changes. Siri Shortcuts for Waze can be set up by opening up the Settings app on the iPhone, navigating to "Siri & Search," and tapping the "Shortcuts" button. From there, either scroll down to the Waze section or search for Waze. You will need to have your home, work, and favorite locations set up within the Waze app for those options to show up. Waze can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link] (Thanks, Shawn!)

Siri Shortcuts Not Working Properly For Some iPhone Users [Fixed]

It's not just you: it appears that Siri Shortcuts have not been working properly for some iPhone users since as early as Tuesday. A small but increasing numbers of users on Twitter and the MacRumors forums claim that they are unable to invoke shortcuts using Siri, including Federico Viticci of MacStories and Rene Ritchie of iMore. The shortcuts still work if executed directly from the Shortcuts app, but not with a Siri voice command. The issue is not affecting all users, nor is it affecting all apps. Third-party apps appear to be affected more than Apple's apps. It also doesn't appear to be related to today's release of iOS 12.1.1 or Shortcuts version 2.1.2. Your mileage may vary, so leave us a comment in our forums if you are affected. I’ve been editing an article all day. But yes, none of my Siri shortcuts are working at the moment and this pretty much sucks. https://t.co/uaqfSSzbXp— Federico Viticci (@viticci) December 5, 2018 Apple seems to be aware and working on a fix. The tragedy and triumph of Siri triggers being online services… https://t.co/k8c66OgZSX— Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) December 5, 2018 As with any cloud-based service interruption, Apple certainly has engineers working on a server-side fix. With the issue now receiving media attention, a fix shouldn't be far away. We'll update this article when it is implemented. In the meantime, some users have been able to re-record their Siri Shortcuts phrases to get them working again. To do so, open the Shortcuts app, tap on the three dots on a shortcut, tap on the settings toggle icon below Done in

HomePod 12.1.1 Update and Shortcuts 2.1.2 Released, But No Sign of watchOS 5.1.2 Yet

Alongside the public release of iOS 12.1.1, macOS Mojave 10.14.2, and tvOS 12.1.1, Apple today released a companion 12.1.1 software update for the HomePod and updated its Shortcuts app for iOS 12 to version 2.1.2. The software update for HomePod is a relatively minor one, adding Siri support for Cantonese and Mandarin in China and a Cantonese dialect in Hong Kong ahead of the HomePod's release in those regions in early 2019. In addition, the LEDs on the top of the HomePod will now illuminate during Group FaceTime calls. The new HomePod software will be installed automatically on the HomePod upon updating to iOS 12.1.1 on a paired iPhone, but you can also manually update and check your software version by following these instructions. Shortcuts 2.1.2, a free update on the App Store, features a new "Post to Tumblr" action, iCloud sync improvements, localization improvements, and a long list of bug fixes per Apple's release notes:Fixed an issue where the screen describing which apps and services are used by a shortcut may not appear when downloading a shortcut Fixed an issue that caused shortcuts with the Open App or Play Sound actions to fail when Siri is used to run the shortcuts Fixed an issue where shortcuts with Repeat with Each actions may freeze when they're run from the widget or Library tab Fixed an issue where the Phone Number action may not understand phone numbers that contain commas (pauses) or have long extension codes Fixed an issue where the Show Directions action may not work when it's run from the Shortcuts Today View widget on the Lock