Apple may be working on a brand-new, Siri-enhanced automation app, which will be deeply-integrated into the upcoming releases of iOS 11 and macOS 10.13, according to a new rumor that surfaced, but was abruptly deleted from Reddit this morning.
The rumor comes courtesy of user cyanhat, who just days ago leaked a flurry of iOS 11’s most highly-anticipated features, which will reportedly include support for FaceTime group calling, iPhone to iPhone FaceTime Audio calling by default, and what cyanhat claimed will be an intelligent AI-based Low Power Mode for iOS 11 devices — designed to learn from one’s usage patterns over time in order to determine how best to preserve their battery life.
Even despite the perceived sketchiness of the rumor’s posting and subsequent removal, it would only make sense that Apple pursues its own automation app for iPhone and Mac. Back in March we reported that the company had acquired the uber-popular iOS automation app, Workflow. And while the intentions for doing so were not revealed at the time of the acquisition, it was widely speculated that Apple would take the powerful Workflow platform, enhance and refine it with its own magical touch, and then somehow implement it into upcoming major software releases for iPhone and Mac.
And so, if this rumor turns out to be true, it would appear that’s exactly what Apple is doing here. According to cyanhat, Apple is said to be working on a re-envisioned Automator app, which will operate seamlessly across iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 devices, effectively replacing the currently-existing Automator app for Mac, while bundling exciting new features into the Workflow platform.
“The app will be based on Workflow, which Apple recently acquired. Automator will have deeper OS/iCloud integration with advanced Siri support,” cyanhat wrote, while adding “Automator will be unveiled at WWDC and ship with iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 [this fall].”
Interestingly, cyanhat went on to allege that Apple’s reengineered Automator app will not only replace the existing Automator app installed by default on Mac, but Automator on iOS 11 will also replace the company’s proprietary Home app too, which was released alongside iOS 10 last year.
Given the nature of this rumor, it’s understandably difficult to determine its validity — and so we will just have to wait until Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off next month to find out for certain. At WWDC, Apple’s new Automator app will supposedly be unveiled alongside brand-new software titles, across the board, and potentially a slew of new hardware, including next-generation iPads and a standalone, Siri-enabled Echo competitor that Apple has been “putting the finishing touches on.