Applr IOS 14 and Shortcuts/Siri

Hello! Long time lurker and I have been using/loving the home remote for a long time now.

I just wanted to put this feature forward. Adding IOS shortcuts compatibility would be brilliant. Now that they have added widgets to iOS14, you can place those shortcuts on your front screen.

You would also be able to use siri to activate those shortcuts - which would be an added benefit.

I’m not sure how difficult this would be to implement, but I suspect it’s very reasonable regarding time/effort. On top of this, this could potentially be added as a feature for the “pro” expansion to the iOS app? That way you can charge a membership to recuperate some money for the exorbitant time you must have spent building this up.

Glad you enjoy it!

The PRO version actually already supports iOS shortcuts but they aren’t the same kind you are requesting. I like your proposed shortcuts better!

Apple has 2 different kinds of shortcuts they provide:

  1. Home Screen Quick Actions (UIApplicationShortcutItem)
    https://developer.apple.com/documentation/uikit/uiapplicationshortcutitem
    https://developer.apple.com/design/human-interface-guidelines/ios/system-capabilities/home-screen-actions/

  2. Siri Shortcuts (INVoiceShortcut)
    https://developer.apple.com/documentation/sirikit/invoiceshortcut
    https://developer.apple.com/design/human-interface-guidelines/siri/overview/shortcuts-and-suggestions/

The PRO version currently allows you to create the 1st kind of shortcuts (UIApplicationShortcutItem) with the Designer. The problem with those is that they only work on devices with 3D Touch. To this day, I don’t think any iPads support 3D Touch so you can really only use this feature on iPhones.

Your proposal would be to use a combination of INVoiceShortcut with a Widget. This would expand support to any Apple device with iOS 14 which is certainly a plus.

I have attached a shortcut demo for anyone that wants to experiment with Shortcuts as they currently are today.
ShortcutsExample.hrp (9.0 KB)

There hasn’t been much work done on the Home Remote’s Shortcut feature in a while. There are several known issues:

  1. They require PNG images. They don’t work with the Home Remote’s new built-in icons.
  2. They can’t navigate to Group pages or MainPage.xaml
  3. They can open template pages but there’s no way to set the @Device parameter.