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Vector with Rene Ritchie

Jun 13, 2019

Siri and Apple’s voice and assistive technologies in general are getting some major love in iOS 13, including a synthetic yet more natural sound, new intents so developers can add Siri support to Maps apps like Waze and audio apps like Overcast, Audible, and Spotify, and even full-on Voice Control so you can navigate your iPhone, iPad, or Mac with basically the Will and the Word.

And, of course, Shortcuts is becoming a built-in app and is adding support for a bunch of new functionality, not the least of which is the ability to accept conversation input. Yup, now if you tell Shortcuts to order you a pizza, it can ask you which of the last four pizza orders you want to repeat.

To dig deep into how it all works, I asked Matthew Cassinelli to join. He was actually on the Workflow team when Apple bought the app, had written the documentation and filled the gallery, but left just as Apple was transitioning it into Shortcuts. Why? So he could help evangelize the technology from the outside. And that’s just exactly what he’s doing here today.


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