Apple just bought an amazing app, here's what you can do with it

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Apple just bought an amazing app, here's what you can do with it

Apple Workflow
Todd Haselton | CNBC

Apple just acquired Workflow, a small company that develops an app that allows you to automate certain actions.

Using an iOS device, maybe you want to tap a single button to request an Uber at a predetermined location. Or perhaps you want to make a GIF from the last five pictures you snapped. These are just two simple examples of what Workflow can do.

Let's take a closer look, because this sort of acquisition may be a key indicator of the features Apple may eventually include in a future version of iOS. It may even be a small glimpse into Apple's plans for augmented reality, especially since quick execution of complicated tasks will be important if we're relying on AR glasses.

  • Here’s the Workflow start screen. It gets you started with some easily automated tasks.


    Workflow homescreen
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  • Here’s the main homescreen. I created Workflows to request an Uber to my home address, to view the top news stories, to speed dial my wife and to turn photos to GIFs.


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  • Here’s the Workflow “Gallery” page. It shows lots of featured Workflows created by other people. Pick and choose the ones that interest you. They’ll appear on your homescreen.


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  • This Workflow called “Share Availability” will automatically share open calendar spots via text message. Just open it, tap the “Play” button, and it’ll automatically search your calendar on a specific date.


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  • You can create your own Workflows, but they take a little know-how.


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  • You can even add Workflows to your iPad or iPhone Today widget for easy access.


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  • Or even on your Apple Watch!


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  • Workflow is free right now and will continue to be available in the App Store for the foreseeable future.

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