APP of the WEEK

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SHORT­CUTS is part of Ap­ple’s iOS 12 up­date for iPhone and iPad, and it’s an in­cred­i­ble piece of work that al­lows you to cre­ate your own lit­tle work­flows that you can trig­ger via Siri.

It be­gan life as an app called Work­flow, which has been avail­able for iOS for a num­ber of years, and which Ap­ple bought last year.

Un­der a new name, Ap­ple has re­fo­cussed it as a way to string to­gether tasks that you can trig­ger with a Siri com­mand.

So, for ex­am­ple, you can ask Siri to “go to work” and a pre-pro­grammed rou­tine that gets your route to work in Maps, in­forms you of your meet­ings for the day, and then fires up your favourite com­mute playlist runs.

It also works with Ap­ple’s HomeKit home au­to­ma­tion soft­ware, so that “get to work” com­mand could also lock all your doors and turn on your alarm, if you have the right hard­ware…

It’s well ex­e­cuted, and fea­tures a whole li­brary of pre-cre­ated work­flows you can edit, or pro­gramme your own – it’s fun to ex­per­i­ment with and also use­ful.

That’s not a bad com­bi­na­tion in an app…

SHORT­CUTS (iOS, FREE)

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