What’s on this page:
- The lost iPhone unboxing video
- New “Edit” action shortcuts
- Check my shortcuts stats
- Shortcuts User Group links
- Livestream archive
- Widget apps
- Desk setup (now with links!)
- My Home Screens preview + stacks explanation
- Apple Watch faces preview
- Members-only notes
The “lost” iPhone unboxing video
Welp – I missed my main shot in my iPhone unboxing video. That, and I wasn’t satisfied with my background either – so much so that I’ve rearranged my office again.
But I edited the video anyway! I probably would have cut a lot more if I had more time, but here’s a 12-minute version cut between my two cameras with some simple chill beats underneath – enjoy:
New “Edit” action shortcuts
In iOS 14.3 beta 1, there are new actions for editing data – Apple’s starting out with Calendars, Contacts, and Reminders.
For each of the following actions, I built one sample shortcut to test how they work – here’s what I came up with:
- Edit Calendar Event – Move my meeting back an hour
- Edit Contact – Add note to contact
- Edit Reminder – Add messaging reminder
Check my shortcuts stats
Shortcuts User Group
I have created a free Slack community called the Shortcuts User Group – it’s a collection of people who are interested in talking about Siri Shortcuts, sharing ideas, and helping each other out.
The community itself is free to join and you can invite other people, but I haven’t publicized it much in an attempt to keep things small and manageable to stay up with.
- iOS 14 launch
- Last spring
- Last fall
My Home Screens
Apple Watch faces
- Notes on potential Clock Faces for Apple Watch and the corresponding apps
- I listed all my areas, faces that might correspond well, and then went through every app and wrote it into each corresponding area. I’m building the faces this weekend.
- Notes on my iPad 12.9” Home Screen by category
- Along with removing any apps shown in widgets, I wanted to make sure every app I actually use is available.
- Early look at my main iPad Home Screen
- Some of this will change, but this is the start of how I do most of my work. See below for the widget explanation.
Thoughts on Home Screen widgets
The newest Home Screen trend is undoubtedly the single best thing to happen to the Shortcuts community – now almost everyone knows about the Shortcuts app and has used it, albeit for a very specific purpose.
For my uses, however, the big thing for Home Screens is stacks – specifically stacking Shortcuts widgets, and even more specifically, the “Single” mode.
If you peep at my iPad Home Screen early look, you’ll see two single stacks peeking out of the bottom corner – these are going down my iPad sidebar and all around on my iPhone.
These are powered by the “Home Screen single widgets” collection below, a duplication of the same shortcut across the various areas of my work. With those, stacked with other widgets like Timery and Things set to the same area, I’ve got a whole host of Home Screen pages I can choose from, each with every single of one of my shortcuts readily available with just a few taps.
The “Home Screen single widgets” shortcuts also let me pick whether I want to run the shortcut or instead open & edit it, making my entire Shortcuts Catalog just a few taps away on any Home Screen page.
Check out the collection, replace my folders with yours, and get to putting more Shortcuts widgets on your Home Screens!