Most people will never use Apple’s ‘Siri Shortcuts’

“Of all the features Apple announced yesterday, Siri Shortcuts is my clear favorite,” Ben Lovejoy writes for 9to5Mac. “I love the ability to create my own commands to perform my own tailored sequences of commands.”

“But I’m a techie. I’m the sort of person who actively enjoys creating Scenes in HomeKit, for example. To me, there’s a real satisfaction in thinking through the sequences of things I do at particular times of the day, and then automating as many of them as possible,” Lovejoy writes. “Mass-market iPhone users? Not so much.”

“As my colleague Benjamin Mayo observed when we discussed it earlier, even the name Siri Shortcuts is emblematic. It’s like Keyboard Shortcuts – and in my view has exactly the same target market,” Lovejoy writes. “The average mass-market consumer will never go anywhere near it.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yup.

As we wrote yesterday upon the reveal of Siri Shortcuts: “AppleScript lives!”

We’ll be interested to see if Siri Shortcuts can help in Apple’s eternal quest to bring scripting to the masses.MacDailyNews, June 4, 2018

Apple previews iOS 12 with shared AR experiences, Group FaceTime, Memoji, and much more – June 4, 2018


  1. Like many others, I too miss Hypercard dearly. It’s worth it to keep an old Mac on hand just to see how user friendly programming could be. While I have no doubt I could learn Swift just as I have VBA, both just don’t have the immediate gratification and ease of use HCard did.

    1. The most ‘fun’ I have with VBA is in Excel where when you record a macro it generates the VBA for you which you can then go ahead and tweak to your satisfaction.

    1. Nice to see Apple take a lead here with integrating the acquired Workflow product into Siri.

      Now we get to sit back and watch the leapfrogging of features in the custom commands arena between Siri Shortcuts, Google Routines, Alexa Routines and IFTTT.

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