Popular iOS automation tool Workflow has been acquired by Apple for an undisclosed sum. Despite the acquisition, the app will continue to be available on the iOS App Store and will even be made free later today.
Workflow is a must-have app for power iOS users as it allows them to string a bunch of actions into one that can then be executed using a single tap. With Workflow, the limits of the app are set by your imagination and not by what the app can do.
If you are new to Workflow or have never tried it before, make sure to check out the capabilities of app in this excellent article from MacStories, with the website even having a Workflow Corner dedicated to just workflows built inside the app.
While many similar apps exist on Android as well, no one pays as much attention to accessibility as Workflow does. The app was even awarded Apple’s Design Award in 2015 just for this sole reason. Apple has already issued a statement confirming the deal to TechCrunch:
“The Workflow app was selected for an Apple Design Award in 2015 because of its outstanding use of iOS accessibility features, in particular an outstanding implementation for VoiceOver with clearly labeled items, thoughtful hints, and drag/drop announcements, making the app usable and quickly accessible to those who are blind or low-vision.”
It’s unclear how Apple will make use of its Workflow acquisition to improve iOS. It is possible that the team behind Workflow will work on making Siri more powerful or maybe they will work on further improving the accessibility of the OS for people with impaired vision.
Have you used Workflow for iOS? What did you think about the app?
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