Own an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and cannot wait for iOS 12 to try out Siri Shortcuts? Well, here’s some bad news for you then. Apple has confirmed that it won’t be bringing Siri Suggestions with iOS 12 to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
This revelation was made by Craig Federighi, SVP of Software Engineering at Apple, as a response to an email sent to him by a Redditor. Apple executives are known to reply to various feedback emails that they receive from time to time so there’s little reason to doubt this piece of news.
While the iPhone 6 will support the Shortcuts app, it will not offer AI-based Siri suggestions like it would on iPhone 6s and newer iPhones.
Since the iPhone 6 will not support AI-based Siri Shortcuts Suggestions, its predecessor — the iPhone 5s — will also be on the same boat since it has even weaker internals. Given the age of both devices though, it is understandable why Apple is not able to bring Shortcut suggestions to these devices.
What are Siri Suggestions?
Siri will proactively offer Shortcut suggestions in iOS 12 for apps that have been updated to take advantage of the Shortcuts app. Depending on your usage and behavior, Siri will automatically surface app actions from apps during certain hours of the app. For example, if you use the Starbucks app to order coffee every morning, Siri will automatically start recommending you the appropriate action every morning.
Developers will have to update their app to take advantage of Siri Suggestions. And this is the feature that is not coming to the iPhone 6 and older devices.
The Shortcuts app is based on Workflow which Apple acquired in 2017. The app will allow users to chain multiple commands and then trigger them at once. Since Siri Shortcuts commands can be triggered using Siri, it opens up the door to a world of possibilities.
The Shortcuts app is not a part of iOS 12 beta, with Apple running a separate TestFlight beta program for the app.
Are you disappointed that Siri Suggestions for Shortcuts won’t be available on iPhone 6 and older devices especially since the Workflow app is available for the devices?