Introduction to Siri with IFTTT

As an overview there are several layers to using IFTTT, the online automation service with Siri the Apple voice assistant. These different layers cover different concepts, each of which could be expanded upon and be large subjects in themselves.

The high level view of using Siri includes using Siri itself to control an Apple Shortcut. The Apple Shortcut would contain a Trigger Service from IFTTT, which requires the IFTTT native iPhone app. This opens up a world of possibilities and additional complexities with this technology alone. But it’s not limited to this since you can tie in all sorts of other apps and technologies that could also be triggered via the same chain of automations or leverage other apps that also work with IFTTT or Shortcuts.

What is Siri

Siri is the voice assistant for the Apple ecosystem. By using Siri you can control the operating system and apps used with your Apple devices with your voice as well as receive information and feedback from Siri. A voice assistant not only accepts your voice control but typically has speech built in to respond.

What is Shortcuts

One major improvement over the last couple of years to Siri has been the introduction of Shortcuts. Shortcuts is the automation building tool on the iPhone and iPad, and now on the Mac too. It started as a third party app on the iPhone called Workflow, but later was bought by Apple.

They then reintroduced it as a first party app called Shortcuts. It had all the same features as Workflow but more because it now more deeply integrated into Apple systems. This included Siri, so any automation you create with it cam also easily be controlled and run by Siri. I.e. triggered by your voice control.

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