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iOS 12 is upon us, and in the few days since its release, some of our favorite apps have released updates to add new features taking advantage of the additions in iOS 12. Read on as we highlight a few of the most notable improvements, and make sure you’ve updated your device (Settings > General > Software Update) if you want to take advantage of the changes.

Probably the most popular addition seen in these apps is compatibility with Siri Shortcuts, a feature that lets you create custom trigger phrases for Siri to quickly perform common tasks without even opening the relevant apps. It also lets you add bespoke buttons to your home screen, lock screen, or share sheet to perform the same tasks without using your voice. Pretty handy!

Updated apps

Habit-former Streaks now works with Siri Shortcuts, as do pro writing tool Ulysses and public transport tracker Citymapper. Likewise the manual camera Obscura 2 and recipe app Kitchen Stories, which is particularly useful hands-free.

Smart to-do list Things 3 and snarky forecasting app CARROT Weather both add support for the new Siri watch face in addition to the aforementioned Shortcuts, while the stargazing app Night Sky adds all that plus a bunch of AR features for exploring virtual planets and constellations.

Document scanner Scanbot similarly added Shortcut support, alongside a bunch of other improvements in a huge update, while password manager 1Password takes advantage of the new AutoFill functions in iOS 12 to present passwords on the QuickType bar right when you need them.

We suspect there will be many more updates in the coming weeks as develops hop on board with these new features. It seems everyone wants a slice of the Siri Shortcuts pie – to see more on how they work (and how to make your own shortcuts) check out our explainer.