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Developers can now test the iOS 12 Shortcuts app via TestFlight

Those who have been testing iOS 12, can today start testing the Shortcuts app. The testing is all done through TestFlight. The Shortcuts app is basically a copy of Workflow in which Apple acquired back in March 2017. The Shortcuts app hasn’t been available for testing before today.

About Shortcuts:

The all-new Shortcuts app and Siri Shortcuts were announced back in June at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference, WWDC18. The app is like automation in the Home app, you can add a number of different actions from a range of services and apps which can be run through Siri. Apple describes Siri Shortcuts, coming in iOS 12:

Siri can now intelligently pair your daily routines with third-party apps to suggest convenient shortcuts right when you need them. So if you typically pick up a coffee on the way to work, Siri will learn your routine and suggest when to place your order from the Lock screen. You can also run shortcuts with your voice or create your own with the new Shortcuts app.

How to Test:

You can test Siri Shortcuts if you are a registered developer via the developer portal which you can find here. If you’re on the public beta there’s no luck for you, as there is no way for you to test the Shortcuts app.

Shortcuts Beta 1 (Version 1A13a):

The Shortcuts app allows you to create your own personal shortcuts with multiple steps.

Bug Reporting

For issues not mentioned in the Notes and Known Issues section below, file bugs through Bug Reporter. When filing a bug, please use the following format:

[Product]: Choose Product > iOS + SDK > SiriKit [Description]:

Describe the following: 1. Title: Shortcuts app beta: [the issue] 2. Summary: 1. What was the issue? 2. Where within the app did this occur?

Installing Shortcuts Beta 1 If you have the Workflow app installed, your workflows will be migrated to shortcuts upon installing the Shortcuts beta.

Known Issues in Shortcuts Beta 1

Known Issues • Limited actions available in beta. (41726632) iCloud syncing of shortcuts is not yet available.(39368432) • Some actions do not appear when running custom shortcuts in Siri. (41726785) • Shortcuts cannot open apps when run from Siri when the device is locked. (41307405) • Shortcuts provided to the INVoiceShortcutCenter suggested shortcuts API are not available when viewing an app’s actions in Shortcuts app. (40564970)

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Kain Monty is Appleosophy’s Executive Editor. He manages a team of highly-skilled writers and their day-to-day operations. Kain has assisted Appleosophy with many other projects.

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