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Apple has launched an up to date Shortcuts app with new actions for controlling Apple Books, and switching wallpapers on iOS.
Shortcuts lets customers create fundamental automation on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. So if an iPhone consumer at all times texts their associate to say they’re leaving work, Shortcuts can simply ship that message routinely on the commute dwelling.
With iOS and iPadOS 16.2, plus macOS 13.1, Apple has added a sequence of recent Shortcuts actions. It is also enhanced some present actions, and made “reliability enhancements to the Shortcuts editor and library.”
Customers can now create Shortcuts that reap the benefits of these new actions:
- Open E book
- Play Audiobook
- Change E book Look
- Change Web page Navigation
- Change View in Books
- Open Assortment
- Search in Books
- Flip Web page
So possibly a consumer reads a specific textbook at work, however is deep into the newest Lee Youngster thriller at dwelling. A single Shortcut might now open the best e book relying on the place the consumer is.
Shortcuts on the Mac usually lags behind its implementation on the iPhone and iPad. Nonetheless, these Apple Books Shortcuts actions work throughout all units.
New wallpaper actions in Shortcuts
- Change Between Wallpapers
- Get Wallpaper
Apple specifies that these two new actions work on iOS. That undoubtedly means the actions won’t be acknowledged on the Mac, however will on the iPad.
Notice that though “Get Wallpaper” has the phrase wallpaper, singular, the motion really works with a number of wallpapers. Calling this in a Shortcut will return a listing of “the entire wallpapers added to the Lock Display on iOS.”
There’s additionally an up to date Set Wallpaper Picture motion, which “can now set photographs for wallpapers that use iOS 16’s new widgets and customization choices.”
Up to date actions
Current actions that Apple has improved, vary throughout batteries, calendars, maps, and extra. In every case, the motion is unchanged so present Shortcuts that use them mustn’t discover a distinction.
However new or revised ones can reap the benefits of small however vital enhancements.
- Get Battery State now says when a tool is being charged
- Edit and Discover Calendar occasions with finer standards
- Discover Well being Samples now consists of sleep phases
- Set Parked Automobile not presumes you are along with your automotive
- Converse Textual content reliability has been improved
- Begin Timer provides a immediate to pick a time
What’s nonetheless lacking
Each replace to Shortcuts is welcome, and particularly so with macOS Ventura because it’s with this replace that the Mac and iPhone variations are nearing parity. Besides there are nonetheless peculiar variations, reminiscent of Shortcuts for iPhone together with actions to do with Tab Teams in Safari — and the Mac not having any.
It has been over 5 years since Apple acquired the Shortcuts expertise by shopping for Workflow. However nonetheless apparently small actions, reminiscent of setting a tool’s Auto-Locktime, should not accessible.