It's a new app called "Shortcuts." You can use the app to create all sorts of custom shortcuts that Siri will do when you speak special commands.
"Siri, take a photo," will launch the camera and take a picture, for example. But developers, too, have started to add special Shortcuts for their apps.
If you don't download the app, or activate the Shortcuts, you'd never know all of these new functions existed. Let's change that.
Apple's Siri Shortcuts app has a few pre-configured shortcuts that you can already use, like the "Take a photo" option I discussed above. You can create your own, too.
For the sake of this tutorial, I'll show you how to configure and use Apple's "Heading to work" Shortcut. When it runs, it will tell you how long it takes to get to your office, show you calendar events for the day and can start playing your favorite Apple Music playlist.
Here's how to use it.
The guide I wrote above shows you how to configure or create your own Siri shortcuts. But some apps are also creating their own. Oddly, they're kind of hard to find and only some apps have added support.
Here's how to set up a shortcut for getting travel plans through TripIt, which supports Siri shortcuts.
To find other third party apps that support Siri Shortcuts. Go to Siri & Search, tap "All shortcuts" and then search for an app. If it's supported, you'll see it there.
Have some fun inside Siri Shortcuts, or revisit the "Siri and Search" settings screen to try some of the options that Siri recommends you use. You can use Siri Shortcuts to open up Google News briefings, see your movie playlists on Amazon Prime Videos and more.