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Things I’ve learnt playing with the Shortcut in iOS 12:

  • The “Speak Text” and Siri speaking parts are different. Siri will say one thing in the New Zealand accent, then an angry sounding British man will read out some text. It’s horribly jarring and inconsistent.
  • There’s no obvious way to temporarily mute a step like there is in Automator on macOS.
  • It’s nowhere near as intuitive as it should be. I’ve got many years of experience programming in many languages and it confuses me at every step.
  • Flicking back and forth between apps as a shortcut proceeds, is ugly. If an action isn’t user facing, it should happen in the background.
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