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What’s New in Shortcuts? Issue 4

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Welcome to Issue 4 of “What’s New in Shortcuts?”

Since iOS 14 dropped, I’ve completely changed my Home Screens, Apple Watch faces, and Shortcuts folders – why not a new office layout too? When everything is in flux, sometimes it’s just nice to control your own space…

Here’s what’s new in Shortcuts this week – new issues coming every Sunday going forward!

📰 HOW TO KEEP UP WITH THE NEWS

This month has been a intense – and we’re only done with the first week. Here’s a few ways you can use Shortcuts to stay up-to-date on the latest news:

  • “Hey Siri, check Apple News
    With so much going on each day, it can be hard to keep track of timely information as well as your regular sources – use this and my other news shortcuts to dive in as needed.
  • “Hey Siri, check the front page
    Want to see how the day’s new is covered? Run this shortcut to grab a copy of the New York Times’ front page for any date.
  • “Hey Siri, remind me to vote
    If you don’t have a plan yet, Siri can help you make one – check out the other activism shortcuts you can use nowadays too.

📲 ACTIONS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT

Shortcuts is full of handy actions that let you control your iOS devices in unique ways not otherwise accessible or even available at all – here’s a few examples:

  • FaceTime
    Want better audio quality for your calls? Set the FaceTime action to “FaceTime Audio” and use it instead of the “Call” action.
  • Get Current Location
    Want to tap into your phone’s GPS? Use Get Current Location and Get Details of Locations to grab your exact Latitude and Longitude coordinates.
  • Log Workout
    Missed your workout or weren’t wearing an Apple Watch? Just add it to Health directly with Shortcuts.

🤖 DEEPER USES OF APPLE’S FALL UPDATES

I finally got my sync issues resolved–some conflicts from a June beta cropping up again seemed to be the issue–so my library is intact again. Meanwhile, I’m feeling the power of iOS 14 and watchOS 7 grow on me:

  • “Hey Siri, change Watch face
    This new free shortcut contains a series of menus for quickly changing your Apple Watch to a different face – you can even give them custom names. Plus, scroll to the bottom of this email for a sneak peak of my Apple Watch faces!
  • “Hey Siri, open Shortcuts
    This is the simplest of shortcuts, but I’ve been using it for one reason – to open back into Shortcuts from anywhere using Back Tap.
  • “Hey Siri, Red Five standing by
    I’m loving flying around in an X-Wing in Squadrons – and I happened to get into a certain beta that makes it quite the unique experience… on my iPhone. (I couldn’t resist on this one)

🔄 CATALOG UPDATES

I can’t believe it’s officially been one-month since I launched my membership – the support has been incredible and I look forward to sharing all my best stuff with you all. Here’s what’s new this week:

  • Spending as much time on Twitter as me?
    Now you can get in and back out as quick as needed with my new set of Twitter shortcuts.
  • Having trouble focusing? Try Endel
    My go-to tool for zoning in anytime I need to is the Endel app, an admittedly pricey tool but one that I can use to directly change my mood and create an intentional environment to live within – so of course I pressured them nicely into adding Shortcuts support.
  • Want to see my desk setup?
    My production process has undergone a renewal, which also meant time for a new office layout. I shared the wide angle at the start of this email, but members can see the quick top-down V1 shot – I’ll be sharing links to everything in the coming weeks too!

Have a good week!