How your favorite apps are embracing Siri Shortcuts
Both iOS 12 and Apple's Shortcuts app launched today to the masses. AppleInsider has rounded up some of the most popular apps to include support for Siri Shortcuts and walks through some of the possibilities for them.
Apple demoed integration with Tile at WWDC. Here, you can create a Siri Shortcut to elicit a tone from your activity tracker. Set this up for each Bluetooth tracker you have with a custom phrase. Then utter something along the lines of Siri, find my keys" to trigger the ringer on your Tile tracker.
Carrot Weather, one of our favorite forecasting apps, was quick with their update to iOS 12.
Using Shortcuts integration, you can make custom phrases for 18 different metrics such as the current weather, precipitation chance, what it feels like, and more.
Finally, you can use Siri to play your favorite Pandora stations. These shortcuts can be set up for a specific station, album, or playlist.
Side note: Pandora is gearing up to launch their brand new Apple Watch app!
Halide has been one of our go-to camera apps for a while. They had a huge update to support the iPhone X with some of the most unique uses for the "ears" residing next to the infamous notch.
Using Siri, shortcuts makes Halide even more useful, especially for remote photos. Just say "Siri, fire the shutter" and she will take a pic!
Using Bear, shortcuts can be created to quickly create a new note, or find notes with a particular tag. Often use Bear for work? Just say "Hey Siri, show me all my work notes" and Bear will open and filter the results.
Scanbot can create individual shortcuts for each document. Say you scanned in all your tax documents, tap the add to Siri button, set a custom phrase, now you can use Siri to retrieve those documents any time you need them.
Similar to Bear, Ulysses can use Siri to quickly find notes you are looking for. Create commands to open different sheets and groups, as well as creating new sheets.
Things 3.7 has many possible uses for Siri Shortcuts. You could create your own quick entry for common lists. Get quick access to the lists you use most often as well.
If you prefer Google News, you will appreciate this. Macros can be built to launch your favorite news sources. "Siri, read AppleInsider" will launch Google News and open up our news feed.
This is a particularly cool option. After setting up a shortcut, you can point iPhone at the sky and ask Siri what star is that and she will identify it for you.
The Weather Channel
More options for mastering the weather. Just set up commands for your favorite locations and The Weather Channel will fill you in.
Momento is a popular GIF creation app. With Shortcuts, you can ask Siri to view your most recent moment, specific memories, or save recent moments as a GIF or video.
There is tons to do with a calculator and Siri Shortcuts. Save values to the clipboard, start a new calculation, or even conversions.
The popular podcast app Overcast now has Siri Shortcuts support and will appear in the Shortcuts app as well. There are loads of different commands that can be integrated into commands such as accessing playlists, controls, and opening specific podcasts.
As a bonus, they are also launching their new native app for Apple Watch today as well!
ETA, the popular travel time utility, has adopted several interesting ways to interface with Siri.
Locations can quickly be saved on the spot, you can calculate travel time, and of course get turn-by-turn directions.
Monster Job Search
Anyone who has looked for a job will be familiar with Monster, and their latest release makes job searching even easier.
Siri shortcuts can be used to save a favorite search so they don't have to type the query inside of Monster each time.
Keep 'em coming!
We are still seeing updates hit the App Store, and we will continue to update this article with some of the most popular apps and best implementations.
All the workflows highlighted so far, can also be part of complicated multi-step shortcuts and integrated with other apps, services, and features.
Head to the App Store now to download Apple's Shortcuts app for free.
Learn how to create your own, more complex shortcuts with AppleInsider's handy walkthrough!