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What’s New in Shortcuts? Issue 27

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Hello all – we’re currently experiencing a fairly major outage for iCloud links related to Shortcuts, and at the moment almost every shortcut that has been shared in the past cannot be installed.

There are articles from places like iMore, MacStories, 9to5Mac, and MacRumors on it – I posted on r/shortcuts as well to reiterate the issue to the community there.

I’ve also had to update my entire Shortcuts Catalog, and if you’ve seen any shortcuts from the past that aren’t working, let me know and I’ll see what I can do to recreate or restore them.

This is still developing and, while it does seem like it’s possible to resolve, I shared a thread where I highlighted how major issues like this are eroding the larger trust in Shortcuts, especially outside the current community – this is a crisis moment for Shortcuts.

I hope Apple is able to dedicate resources to fully overcoming the technical debt accrued inside the Shortcuts ecosystem, as well as restoring trust in the community – the people who are in this community and our ideas for how to use shortcuts are stronger than ever, but we’re constantly trying to stand on uneven ground.

So with that said, I want to celebrate this community and what they’re doing:

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Walking through the Home app (with Joey Banks)

On Thursday March 25, I streamed with my designer friend Joey Banks and walked him through some of the oddities of the Home app, working on scenes, grouping devices, and HomeKit automations:

Catch the replay on YouTube – and add my livestream calendar to tune into future streams.

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What’s New in Shortcuts? Issue 26

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Welcome to Issue 26 “What’s New in Shortcuts?”

Hello all!

If you’re in the US, you might feel a little wobbly thanks to Daylight Saving Time – or if you’re somewhere it’s not used, all your US-based media just moved around an hour.

Thankfully I’ve got a new Daily Health shortcut that includes easier access to your Sleep data, as well as a way to set your alarms by the sunrise – I find I can’t help but wake up then anyways, so might as well get to sleep on time too!

Beyond that, there are some YouTube videos on Shortcuts for you to watch, as well as a challenge for you at the end:

🆕 NEW THIS WEEK

I’m back on YouTube, members can get their Automation goodness, and better Daily Health is on the way:

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What’s New in Shortcuts? Issue 23

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Welcome to Issue 23 of “What’s New in Shortcuts?”

I’ve finally done it! My whole Shortcuts library has been fully rebuilt according to my new system and I’m truly loving it – plus I figured out another level of what should go on my true Home Screens, so that’s been really exciting and already proving itself out in usefulness.

Thankfully David Sparks and Rosemary Orchard swooped in at just the right time and had me as a guest on the Automators podcast – look for the excellent conversation this Friday when the episode drops!

Until then, here’s two more of my new shortcuts and some great Shortcuts tips I found in the community – plus, look for the fully-updated Shortcuts Catalog coming very soon!

🆕 NEW THIS WEEK

Controlling your smart speakers, managing your own Twitterverse, and chapters for my latest stream:

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What’s New in Shortcuts? Issue 15

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Welcome to issue 15 of “What’s New in Shortcuts?”

Another fun week for Shortcuts users is complete – did any of you set up new shortcuts for the Home Screen once iOS 14.3 came out?

I want to see screenshots of your Home Screens–shortcuts or not–so reply to this email with yours and share some inspiration!

☺️ COME VIBE WITH ME

I have too much fun being dorky on the internet, but I couldn’t resist with the review unit of the AirPods Max that I picked up to test out – plus, I discovered a way to get at ProRAW photos:

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What’s New in Shortcuts? Issue 12

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Welcome to Issue 12 of “What’s New in Shortcuts?”

In the wake of last week’s awesome “Add to Home Screen” update, I’ve been sharing lots on podcasts – make sure to catch both the latest Smart Tech Today and my appearance on Clockwise for my more-detailed take on the news.

Plus, members get to see how I went all out on my Home Screens – but first, here’s what’s new:

🎄 THE HOLIDAYS ARE UPON US

We’re in the endgame of 2020 now and this seemingly never-ending year is actually coming to a close – here’s how I’m using Shortcuts this December:

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What’s New in Shortcuts? Issue 9

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Welcome to Issue 9 of “What’s New in Shortcuts?”

Hello all – hope you had an excellent weekend too! ‰

I’ve got lots of fun Shortcuts goodness coming soon, so until then let’s jump right in:

☀️ DAYLIGHT SHORTCUTS TIME

Nothing fully makes you feel the season like a time jump – this November is full of change and feels like an important time to look forward. Here’s how I’m doing that just a little bit better with Shortcuts:

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What’s New in Shortcuts? Issue 5

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Welcome to Issue 5 of “What’s New in Shortcuts?”

It’s time for another Apple event… did you see the collection of Apple Event shortcuts from Issue 1? Check it out in the online archive of past issues for this newsletter.

Otherwise, here’s what’s new this week and what’s coming ahead:

📱 THE IPHONE IS COMING

Tuesday is Apple’s iPhone event and the rumor mill is in full cycle – here’s a handful of shortcuts to get you in the spirit:

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Smart Tech Today #26: Troubleshooting Your Smart Lights

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On this episode of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talked about:

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Smart Tech Today 10: We Want Smart Blinds

On our tenth episode of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talk about these stories: