Apple Showcases All the New Features in the Shortcuts App for iOS 17
iOS 17 has finally made its way to the public, along with iPadOS 17 and watchOS 10. These updates bring a slew of exciting features, including improvements to iMessage, FaceTime, and a new addition called NameDrop. Additionally, there’s a significant enhancement in the Shortcuts app, and Apple has just released a comprehensive rundown of all the fresh additions and enhancements in the Shortcuts application.”Unlock a world of productivity and convenience with the enhanced Shortcuts App in iOS 17, featuring new commands and streamlined automation capabilities that simplify your daily tasks.”
The Shortcuts app is described by Apple as a “quick way to get things done with your apps.” Users can create various automations not only using native iOS features but also by integrating third-party apps.
With the arrival of iOS 17, watchOS 10, and macOS Sonoma (coming next week), users now have even more possibilities at their fingertips, as highlighted by Matthew Cassinelli. For instance, you can now create a shortcut to transcribe an audio file into text, delete alarms, scan documents, or initiate a Time Machine backup.
Here’s a list of the new commands available with these updates:
Translate Audio: Converts audio files into text.
Delete Alarms: Removes specific alarms from the Clock app.
Edit Sleep Alarm: Allows you to skip the next sleep alarm or reactivate a skipped one.
Open Camera: Opens the Camera app in a specific mode, like “Selfie.”
Open Album: Takes you to a specific section of the Photos app, such as “Places.”
Show Passwords: Navigates to Passwords in Settings on iOS and System Settings on macOS.
End Workout: Finishes your recent workout session on iOS and watchOS.
Capture Screenshot: Takes an image and saves it to the Documents app on iOS.
Get Current Time, Pause Time, Resume Time, and Cancel Time: These are now supported on iOS.
Start Stopwatch, Lap Stopwatch, Stop Stopwatch, and Reset Stopwatch: Also supported on iOS.
Set Personal Hotspot Password and Get Personal Hotspot Password: Now supported on iOS.
Switch Cellular Plan, Set Default Line, Set Data Roaming, Find Cellular Plan, and Reset Cellular Data Stats: Supported on iOS.
Start Time Machine Backup: Begins or stops data backup with Time Machine on macOS.
Move Window, Resize Window, Find Windows, Find Displays, and Find Apps: Now supported on macOS.
Alongside these brand-new commands, Apple has also made improvements to some existing actions in the Shortcuts app. Here are a few examples:
Set Timer: Now able to start a new timer even if one is already running.
Get Alarms: Replaces “Get All Alarms” and retrieves all alarms or those that match specific filter rules.
Set Volume: Can now adjust either the Media volume or Ringtone volume.
Health Checks: Now support additional data types, such as sleep, mood, and hunger changes.
Event Participants for Calendar: Includes a Sort attribute to differentiate between people, groups, and rooms.
Get Network Details: Offers more options like channel number, hardware Mac address, and rate information.
Take Photo: Improved reliability when taking multiple photos in succession.