Recently, John Koetsier and Matthew Panzarino, wrote articles about Apple’s new acquisition, Workflow, and how it will compliment Siri as an every-day tool. is an app that glues together multiple functions from different apps into one. It allows users to take pictures, automate the editing of those pictures, enter data, and integrate that data in to multiple places, and even make PDFs out of web pages. There are endless functionalities that this interesting app can do. The app is sort of like a mobile version of Google’s IFTTT. Apple already has a software development kit for apps called SiriKit that developers use to enable voice controls in their apps through Siri. Although Apple already has this incredible technology, the functions of Siri are limited to actions in individual apps at a time.
Soon, it is predicted that Siri will be able to performs tasks across several apps because of the technology acquired with the acquisition of Workflow. Users will be able to books flights, reserve dinners and hotels, and buy sports tickets just through Siri. The acquisition of Workflow is projected to have massive productivity gains because of this new and original multi-app function. The new function will be a clear combination of Siri and Workflow, which means that the amount of artificial intelligence embedded in Apple’s expected version of Siri will exceed any other smart phone manufacturers’.
As expected, Google’s Assistant, Amazon's Alexa, Microsoft's Cortana, Samsung's Bixby, Facebook's M, and possibly services built on top of IBM's Watson will be doing the exact same thing as Apple. By integrating this multi-app, voice controlled function, the need for certain aps will soon be unnecessary. Being the first ones, Apple’s developers will benefit before anyone else. The integration of Workflow with Siri will allow even more seamless activation and composition of actions now that the developers have access to Apple’s private application program interfaces (API), which are far more advanced than the minute portion of Siri that the public has seen so far.
I believe that the user’s will benefit from this function, but as I said before, the developers are the ones whose work just got far more convenient. The smooth access of programs could mean that new Apple features will be produced and released far more efficiently, and that will keep users excited for new and innovation features. As someone who is on their phone more often than others, I think this function will allow people to spend less time on the phone will still being just as productive and connected to the internet. Apple has proved time and time again in the past decade that they have the ability to create the most compelling and innovative technology.