It’s finally here!
Apple has released iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and watchOS 7 to users around the world – and that means everyone who updates will have the newest version of Siri Shortcuts installed.
Alongside today’s updates, I’m releasing the official iOS 14 version of my Shortcuts Catalog, a new “What’s New in Shortcuts” newsletter, and my membership program – let me explain it all before you dive in.
Why learn about Siri Shortcuts now?
Thanks to everything that’s new in version 4 of the Shortcuts app, everyone can except another leap in the automation potential of their Apple products:
- the Siri capabilities let the power of Shortcuts extend across devices,
- new features like folders and widgets let you hone in on specific use cases and surface them when needed,
- advances in Personal Automations let you turn your device into a true computing platform, and
- the Apple Watch app extends the entire experience right into your wrist.
My goal as an independent creator has always been to share all the knowledge I’ve learned about Shortcuts and make it as publicly available to the world as possible. The way I see it, Shortcuts is free on Apple’s devices – I’ve always wanted to make sure anyone who doesn’t yet understand it could go online, find a helpful resource, and start to learn more.
But, as I got deeper into iOS 13, I realized I was sharing tons of ideas, but wasn’t grounding them in a way that was could easily be referenced and searchable on the web – my information was trapped inside an embedded Airtable that wasn’t too easy to browse.
To help people to truly integrate Siri Shortcuts into their lives, I needed something more…
What’s in the Shortcuts Catalog?
Since then, I’ve been working on formalizing that knowledge into a more permanent form on my website.
Enter my new Shortcuts Catalog, a one-stop shop for all my shortcuts, all the actions in the Shortcuts app, and, in the future, additional modules like apps and automations related to Siri Shortcuts.
This combines the Shortcuts Library and Action Directory under one name, marks the release of my membership program, and can be followed for future updates using my new newsletter – here’s all the details:
The combined Shortcuts Library and Action Directory
The new Shortcuts Catalog, which I soft-launched over Labor Day weekend, is now fully updated for iOS 14, including 20 actions new to iOS 14 and a set of 50 shortcuts I’ve created putting those actions to good use.
That’s in addition to the shortcuts and actions already available in the Catalog, bringing the total to over 300 shortcuts and 300 actions (333 shortcuts and 307 actions, to be exact).
If you’re just updating to iOS 14, make sure to check out the Shortcuts Catalog and browse my ideas for possible ways to use Siri Shortcuts in your life – you can check out my Shortcuts folders, explore the Action groups & subgroups, and get a sense of what’s possible in iOS 14 from the new sections and information.
My new membership program
Plus, I’ve built the whole thing with freemium tier available for anyone who wants to dive in even deeper – you can sign up for a membership to my website and get extras like:
- a whole curated layer of information found on every single shortcut and every single action in the Catalog,
- powerful categorization tools that let you explore by functionality and features rather than simpler groupings, and
- early access to all the new shortcuts and actions coming in my next update of the Shortcuts Catalog – well before it’s all released to the public.
Here’s a comparison showing the extra members details:
Here’s more of what members get too…
🔄 I’ve documented every detail about how the Actions in Shortcuts work:
— Matthew Cassinelli (@mattcassinelli) September 4, 2020
If you’re interested in deeply integrating Apple’s newest automation capabilities into your life and maximizing the potential of your technology, then sign up now for a $5/month or $50/year membership and we can grow your knowledge together.
Get the free “What’s New in Shortcuts” newsletter
Otherwise, the best way to stay up-to-date with all things new Siri Shortcuts is the new newsletter I’ve launched alongside the Shortcuts Catalog, called “What’s New in Shortcuts.”
This simple newsletter will go out every Friday, linking to various pages in my Catalog or offsite—mimicking the What’s New in Alexa emails—so you can quickly catch up and explore anything that catches your eye.
This is only the start
I’ll also be covering much more about each part of iOS 14 Shortcuts updates soon, but you can hear from my past coverage now over on Rene Ritchie’s YouTube channel, the iPad Pros podcast, and the Apple TV podcast Magic Rays of Light.
Make sure to let me know on Twitter what you think and hit me with any questions about iOS 14 – it’s time to get building more shortcuts!