iOS 17 is finally available to the public, along with iPadOS 17 and watchOS 10. The updates come with a lot of new features, such as improvements to iMessage and FaceTime and NameDrop. They’re also bringing a lot of new features to Shortcuts — and Apple just published a detailed document highlighting everything that’s new in the Shortcuts app.
New Shortcuts app actions available in iOS 17
Apple describes the Shortcuts app as “a quick way to perform one or more tasks with your apps.” Users have endless options for creating automations using native iOS features as well as integrations with third-party apps.
With iOS 17, watchOS 10 and macOS Sonoma (coming next week), users have even more features (via Matthew Cassinelli). For example, you can now create shortcuts to transcribe an audio file to text, delete alarms, scan documents, or create a Time Machine backup.
Here is a list of the new commands available with the updates:
- Audio transcription generates text from an audio file
- Remove Alarms removes the specified alarms from the clock
- Edit alarm skips another alarm or reactivates a skipped alarm
- Open Camera opens the Camera app to a specific capture mode, such as “Selfie”
- An open collection will go to a specific section of the Photos app, such as Places
- Show passwords goes to Passwords in Settings on iOS and System Settings on macOS
- End Workout ends your current workout session on iOS and watchOS
- Scan Document captures an image and saves it to the Files app on iOS
- Get Current Timer, Pause Timer, Resume Timer and Cancel Timer are now supported on iOS
- Stopwatch start, lap stopwatch, stopwatch stopwatch, and stopwatch reset are now supported on iOS
- Set hotspot password and get hotspot password are now supported on iOS
- Switch Cellular Plan, Set Default Line, Set Data Roaming, Find Cellular Plan, and Refresh Cellular Data Statistics are now supported on iOS.
- Start Time Machine Backup starts or stops backing up your data with Time Machine on macOS
- Move Window, Resize Window, Find Windows, Find Displays, and Find Apps are now supported in macOS
With the latest software updates, Apple has also improved some features that already exist in the Shortcuts app. As:
- Set Timer can now start a new timer even if one is already running
- Find Alarm now replaces Get All Alarms and retrieves all alarms or only those that meet the filter criteria
- The volume setting now allows you to adjust media volume or ringtone volume
- Health samples now support more data types, such as changes in sleep, mood, and appetite
- Event attendees for Calendar now include a Type attribute that distinguishes people, groups, and rooms
- Get network details now includes more options such as channel number, hardware MAC address, and rate information
- The Take Photo function is now more reliable when taking multiple photos in a row
For more details on what’s new in Shortcuts this year, check out the article Apple posted on their official website.