WWDC 2018: Apple brings update to Photos app, announces Siri shortcut

Apple has announced an update to its Photos app that allows users to search for photos more accurately and share them easily. It also introduces Siri shortcuts for users to manage their daily tasks.

Apple has announced an update to its Photos app that will allow users to easily search, access and share images using the iPhone’s machine learning (ML) capabilities. The update comes with the launch of iOS 12, which was announced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California. Google Photos already has a similar feature that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and ML to search and club photos.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, added that “more than a trillion images are captured on the iPhone each year,” adding that the update will now enhance the discovery of photos as users search for objects or categories, such as cars, dogs, beaches and hiking.

“Search suggestions cover the most relevant events, individuals, places, groups, categories, and recent searches, and the new search functionality allows users to combine multiple search terms to find the right photos,” the company said. The iPhone maker is using the Photos app, the concept of “for you” using an Apple Music. “For You” will show users old albums, memories and photos they’ve taken “this day”.

Apple said in a statement: “A brand new ‘for you’ tab combines memory and iCloud shared albums to bring together favorite moments. A new sharing suggestion feature makes it easier to share photos with friends and friends who take pictures of the same trip or event. Any photos and videos are requested to be shared back.

For Siri, Apple has introduced shortcuts that allow users to manage their day by adding shortcuts or commands to help them with their daily tasks, including ordering a coffee, texting a partner about ETA at home, and playing the radio on the way home.

Users can customize shortcuts by creating a simple voice command to get started, or download new shortcut apps to create multiple actions from different apps that can be done with a simple tap or a customized voice command, Apple said.

Apple is also adding shortcuts to the lock screen. So if a user is late for a meeting, he or she will be advised to send a text to another person or host. The company says it will open up shortcuts to third-party developers to set up shortcuts. Developers will be able to include an “add to Siri” button in their app.

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