shortcuts Stories October 1, 2020

If you’re looking to change up the look of your iPhone, using an iOS 14 icon set is a cool way to do it. You can replace all your favorite app icons with custom ones that have a consistent look and feel.

The popularity of this has taken many by surprise – including a designer who saw his quickly-created but beautiful set earn him a six-figure sum in just six days …

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shortcuts Stories September 22, 2020

There are a variety of unique ways to harness the power of the Shortcuts app, which has gained immense popularity since iOS 14 was released last week. Now Federico Viticci at MacStories has put together a new WallCreator shortcut that enables creating custom iPhone and iPad wallpapers with gradients and solid colors.

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shortcuts Stories December 17, 2019

Apple Music is constantly getting better with interface improvements and new features for discovering music. What we don’t see as often are new power user features. MusicBot from Federico Viticci is a feature-packed set of actions built with Shortcuts that power users will love. The shortcut is loaded with almost 800 actions including useful ways to control AirPlay 2 and HomePods with Apple Music.

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shortcuts Stories September 25, 2019

Apple’s Shortcuts app is now built-in on iPhones and iPads with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, a change that gives the automation app more integration and greater discovery. If you’re brand new to Shortcuts or want to take customization to the next level, there are two great resources out this month to help.

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shortcuts Stories March 26, 2019

Following the release of iOS 12.2 to the public yesterday, Apple today has updated the Shortcuts app for iOS. The update includes improvements to existing Shortcuts actions, as well as new tools for creating Shortcuts that integrate the Notes app.

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shortcuts Stories March 6, 2019

MacStories shares robust library of 150 useful Shortcuts for the iOS Shortcuts app

MacStories’ founder Federico Viticci regularly shares his useful custom Shortcuts for the iOS Shortcuts app and now he’s put together an archive of 150 of them, with more on the way.

shortcuts Stories January 18, 2019

Robot vacuums remains one obvious category HomeKit should support in the future. HomeKit support would bring voice control for vacuums through Siri, app control through the Home app and Control Center, and clean up scheduling through automation — all in the same app you manage other smart home accessories.

Even without HomeKit support, you can build your own Siri control for Wi-Fi-enabled iRobot Roomba vacuums using MacStories‘ very helpful guide for connecting IFTTT (If This Then That) triggers to Apple’s Shortcuts app on iOS 12. Here’s my Siri-controlled robot vacuum experience and best practice recommendations:

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shortcuts Stories December 5, 2018

Shortcuts app updated with support for posting to Tumblr, more

The Shortcuts app is getting an update today with a few new features and a ton of bug fixes and improvements. Shortcuts is available as a separate download on the App Store.

shortcuts Stories October 30, 2018

Alongside software updates to iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS, and HomePod today, Apple has released Shortcuts 2.1. The update includes improvements to iCloud sharing, new measurement conversions, Weather integration, and more.

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shortcuts Stories October 12, 2018

RoutineHub lets you keep your Shortcuts up to date

The new Shortcuts app available on the App Store for devices running iOS 12 or higher is a great way to automate your iPhone or iPad with ease. The app even lets people share Shortcuts with other users, however, there’s a huge flaw with the current implementation. To solve that, let’s introduce RoutineHub.

shortcuts Stories September 17, 2018

Shortcuts user guide for getting started now available, Siri Shortcuts Field Guide course available for learning more

Along with the public release of iOS 12 today, Apple has brought the Shortcuts app out of its invite-only status and made it available to all. It has also published a user guide for getting up and running with the useful automation focused app. And if you’ve already been a Workflow/Shortcuts user, we’ve got a great resource to go further.

Apple’s new Shortcuts app for iOS 12 is now available on the App Store for anyone to install. Shortcuts was first shown off at WWDC in June, but the Workflow replacement has only been available for testing for developers on an invite-basis using TestFlight before today.

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shortcuts Stories July 6, 2018

One of the more exciting things that users are looking forward to in iOS 12 is the new Shortcuts app. While it’s an invite-only beta via TestFlight, we’ve managed to get our hands on it, and this is what we think thus far…

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shortcuts Stories July 5, 2018

Apple is making its new Shortcuts app in iOS 12 available for developer testing ahead of release through TestFlight. Shortcuts is based on Apple’s acquisition of Workflow and be available in the App Store when iOS 12 is released later this fall.

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shortcuts Stories November 20, 2015

iPad Pro Magic Keyboard 16-9

Yesterday I mentioned a useful tip for using physical keyboards with iPads in my guide to unlocking the full potential of the iPad Pro. The tip actually works with all iOS 9 iPads connected to external keyboards over Bluetooth, Lightning, or the Smart Connector: hold Command (⌘) to see a list of supported keyboard shortcuts for the Home screen or app you’re in.

This works in most of Apple’s built-in apps and plenty of popular third-party apps as well, but it can be monotonous prompting that sheet in each app to get a sense of what keyboard shortcuts work. Instead, I’ve compiled a cheat sheet of which keyboard shortcuts work in all the system apps and several popular third-party apps. Whether you’re using Apple’s Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro, Magic Keyboard, Logitech’s excellent K811, or any other physical keyboard, these will make you more efficient when working on your iPad.

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shortcuts Stories May 10, 2013

Since we’ve posted our exclusive details on what Apple and Jony Ive has in store for iOS 7, there have been a ton of great concepts popping up that take into account the company’s new “very flat” approach to redesigning the OS. The first concept, above, comes to us from Simplyzesty.com’s  art director Philip Joyce who has imagined a flat iOS including a new look for Siri and the lock screen, a customizable home screen, and redesigned icons that all take the “flat” approach to heart.

Another new concept for iOS 7 was posted today by apfelpage.de, below, that shows off a flat look for shortcuts, a new multitasking experience, widgets, and much more: expand full story

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