Apple Store App Update Brings Siri Shortcuts Support

Siri Shortcuts in The Apple Store App

Apple has updated the Apple Store app for iPhone and iPad, bringing support for Siri Shortcuts.  Once you have updated to the new version of the app, you will be able to configure Siri to check on product availability and on your order status without having to actually open up the Apple Store app first.

As with other Siri Shortcuts, setting them up in the Apple Store app is pretty straightforward.  For the product availability feature, open the Store app then go to the product you are wanting to find.  Next, select the Store location where you want to check.  At the bottom of the page, you will see the option to  create a Siri Shortcut to check for that product at that store.

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Apple Shortcuts Update Brings Lots of Bug Fixes and New Actions

Shortcuts App for iPhone

Apple has rolled out an update to the Apple Shortcuts app today.  The new build, version 2.1.2 for those keeping score at home, brings two new actions as well as a host of bug fixes and other improvements.  If you have the app installed on your iPhone or iPad, you should have the update available to you in the App Store.

From an actions perspective, Apple Shortcuts can now be configured to add a post to Tumblr.  You can also now use the Get Time Between Dates action to count the number of months between two dates.  Both are pretty simple but can be handy for some users.

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Apple Shortcuts App Updated With iPad Pro Support

Shortcuts App for iPhone

The Apple Shortcuts app, which allows you to create multi-step actions and then enable the to work with Siri, has been updated today.  The new build is version 2.1.1 for those keeping score at home and is available in the App Store. Aside from bug fixes, this update is aimed at supporting the new iPad Pro lineup.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to try out Apple Shortcuts, it is a free app that allows you to build actions that you can do with a single command.  You can, for example, setup an action to review your calendar tomorrow and the create a Siri phrase for it.  You can then say that custom phrase to display your calendar events for tomorrow.

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How To Use Raise to Speak for Siri on Your Apple Watch

Raise to Speak for Siri in Watch OS 5

Across iOS 12, Watch OS 5, and MacOS Mojave, Apple’s digital assistant Siri has done a lot of growing up.  The Cupertino company continues to improve the accuracy and responsiveness of Siri as well as improving how to access it from your devices.  One of those new ways is in Watch OS 5 with “Raise to Speak”.

As the name suggests, when you upgrade your Apple Watch to Watch OS 5, you have the ability to simply raise your wrist and speak directly to your Watch to summon Siri.  Previously, Siri required that you press and hold the Digital Crown to get to it (which you can still do by-the-by).  Not any more.

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Apple Releases The Updated Shortcuts App to Build Siri Shortcuts

Shortcuts App for iPhone

With iOS 12 now officially released with support for Siri Shortcuts, Apple has updated the Shortcuts app in the App Store to support the feature.  The app can be found here in the App Store and it is a free download.

If you are familiar with Automator in MacOS or IFTTT, then Shortcuts is going to feel very familiar.  Essentially it allows you to automate a string of functions that you can then use a custom command to execute.

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Expect a Flood of App Updates This Week on Your iPhone & Apple Watch

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With iOS 12 slated to be released later this morning, a side effect of that will be a very busy App Store over the course of the next few days.  With the release of the latest version, app developers big and small will be pushing out updates throughout this week to get their apps using the latest & greatest features of iOS 12.  This will be mostly for your iPhone as well as your Apple Watch.

For most developers, this is simply going to be a matter of making sure the latest policies are in place, the latest APIs are being used, and a lot of other under-the-hood improvements that their apps will gain from iOS 12.  But for others, it will be about leveraging the new features in the latest version of iOS.

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HomePod Update Will Bring Phone Call Support and Multiple Timers

Apple HomePod

At the end of the Gather Round event yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook briefly mentioned and update that is coming to the Apple HomePod.  The update is expected to land on Monday, September 17th when updates to iOS, tvOS, and WatchOS are all scheduled.  The update will bring HomePodOS to version 12.

The update itself is going to be huge and it brings a lot of new features and functionality to the smart speaker.  While many will look at these updates as catch up features, which frankly they are, they will still be welcomed by HomePod users.

First, support for Spanish in the US, Spain and Mexico is coming with this update, as well as support for Canadian French.  These languages will be available in the Control Center for your HomePod.

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Philips Announces Support for Siri Shortcuts Coming to The Hue App

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At IFA 2018, currently going on in Berlin, Germany, Philips has announced that the Hue app for iOS will soon support Siri Shortcuts, a feature that is rolling out with iOS 12 next month.  With the integration, Hue users will be able to their Siri shortcuts for Hue specific lighting settings.

With this integration, it means that users of the IoT lighting solution will not have to use the Apple Home app to control their lighting.  Instead, they can use the Hue app to set moods for light settings right from within the Hue app using Siri.

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