What's New in Shortcuts

By Matthew Cassinelli

Learn about Apple's Shortcuts from a former team member and get new shortcuts every Monday.

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What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #51

This week, r/shortcuts moderator r/iBanks3 was eagle-eyed as always and noticed this beta update to the Get Battery Level action that changes the name to Get Battery Status and switches it to three options:Get Battery PercentageIs Battery ChargingIs Battery P…

 
#50・

What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #50

To kick off my Apple Watch updates ahead of my Ultra review, I've published my set of Watch Faces to download directly for members — I have 30 watch faces, plus descriptions for each.I'll be launching this officially with a blog post tomorrow, but readers who…

 
#49・

What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #49

I've had the Apple Watch Ultra in my hands since last Tuesday and have already gone very deep on the Action button.There's lots of ways to detect what's currently happening using Shortcuts and change your shortcuts' behavior depending on the context, so I'm d…

 
#48・

What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #48

With the first release of iOS 16.2 for developers and public beta testers, Apple has updated the Wallpaper action to work with the Lock Screen setups available for iPhone:

 
#47・

What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #47

On Tuesday, I guest hosted iOS Today with Rosemary Orchard – we talked about Shortcuts apps, App Shortcuts, and answered some listener questions. Make sure to check out the video to see our demos as well:

 
#46・

What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #46

After playing around with the Shortcuts betas, I noticed two changes and shared about them on Twitter — first, we have updated groups for symbols, and second, keyboard shortcuts on the iPad:

 
#45・

What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #45

The big news this week was Stage Manager coming to non M1-iPads, which means Shortcuts works well in multiple windows. I still don't have an M1 iPad, so this was my first time using the feature — I'm waiting to see about an upgrade, especially now that extern…

 
#44・

What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #44

On Wednesday, after the Apple Watch Ultra reviews dropped, I wrote up a quick story about the total apps that support Shortcuts now (as announced at WWDC) and how many of those can run from the new Action button on the watch.I'm hoping to get my hands on one …

 
#43・

What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #43

If you’re playing around with iOS 16, you might not immediately notice the 50+ new actions available in Shortcuts — I made a full set of shortcuts for you to play around with, which you can get in the Shortcuts Library.I’m officially releasing these on my sit…

 
#42・

What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #42

Ahead of the iPhone keynote, I shared an updated set of event-specific shortcuts that you can use to tune in, take notes, and tweet with special hashtags over on iMore:

 
#41・

What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #41

The folks at Relay FM have started their annual fundraising campaign for St. Jude's, a research hospital that provides free treatment for children's cancer.This year, they've expanded their campaign to allow other folks to create their own fundraiser to join …

 
#40・

What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #40

Last week, I published a story for iMore covering the Menu Bar applet for Shortcuts on the Mac and gave a few examples of how to build your shortcuts to work well when triggered there — check out the example shortcuts for sure:

 
#39・

What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #39

On Monday, John Voorhees of MacStories covered the new photo editing shortcuts added by Acorn for Mac — asset automation is perhaps one of the best-supported fields right now, especially with great apps like Acorn upping the game:

 
#38・

What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #38

I love this shortcut from Gabi Davilla on Twitter — she made a NATO alphabet converter that works with your clipboard or entered text. What a golf romeo echo alfa tango idea:

 
#37・

What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #37

On Wednesday, I published my latest opinion column for iMore that talks about how new users need a more powerful onboarding experience to really get into the app. John Voorhees agreed on MacStories as well, saying this:Shortcuts has made a lot of progress ove…

 
#36・

What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #36

On Thursday, my post for iMore on iOS 16's Safari actions went up — in it I shared a bundle of shortcuts that cover almost every permutation of the new Safari actions so you don't have to make your own copies.Check out the list and grab a few — my iMore strat…

 
#35・

What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #35

The public betas for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS released on Monday, marking the first time the iOS 16-cycle features have been available to the general public.And with that comes a whole new set of actions for Shortcuts — however, a subset of those are broken, so…

 
#34・

What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #34

First, a quick update from the latest developer beta — the set of Mail, Books, and Reminders Smart List actions have broken in this version. Unfortunately, this might persist in the public betas (we'll see next week) so I'll have to check then and potentially…

 
#33・

What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #33

This spring, I relaunched my entire Shortcuts Library with over 600 total shortcuts, including a special set of 150 bundle shortcuts attached to each folder page that compiles all the shortcuts in a category into a single multi-tool shortcut (for members only…

 
#32・

What's New in Shortcuts - Issue #32

This week, Florian Bürger's tweet taking advantage of Shortcuts Automations for his camera app Fjorden (that pairs with the super-cool physical camera hardware too) – in the linked video, he shows it set up so that whenever the default Camera app is open, Sho…