Whoa, huge news for iOS nerds. Matthew Panzarino has the scoop:
Workflow has been around for a couple of years and we’ve covered
it and its updates. It shares some similarity with the service
IFTTT, in that it allows people to group together a bunch of
actions that can allow them to perform complicated tasks with one
tap. It had built up a sizeable number of users and downloads over
the past few years.
Workflow the app is being acquired, along with the team of
Weinstein, Conrad Kramer and Nick Frey. In a somewhat uncommon
move for Apple, the app will continue to be made available on the
App Store and will be made free later today.
This certainly provides ammunition against the argument that Apple no longer cares about power users. For me this is Apple’s most intriguing and exciting acquisition in years.
Personally, Workflow never really clicked for me, but I’ve been meaning to give it another try. The problem for me isn’t Workflow itself, but iOS. MacOS, at a conceptual level, matches the way my brain works for nerdy custom automation stuff — I just get Unix shell scripting languages, AppleScript-able Mac apps, and NeXTstep’s brilliant system-wide Services menu. Doing things the iOS way via Workflow looks cool, but whenever it comes down to it, it always feels easier to me to just wait until I’m at a Mac and create it there.
But one of the things that has always impressed me, and which has paid off for them in the end, is that Workflow stayed true to the platform. Workflow was designed from the ground up as a true and native iOS service. It is one of the most iOS-y pieces of software ever created. They took the severe limits of inter-application communication on iOS and embraced them.
★ Wednesday, 22 March 2017