Apple released iOS 14.6 to the public this week, which includes enhanced support for AirTag, Apple Card Family, and paid subscriptions in the Apple Podcasts app. However, Apple seems to have also quietly improved the “Shortcut” application, which can now perform operations faster on iPhones and iPads with the latest version of the operating system.
As some users have reported on Twitter and Reddit, in iOS 14.6 and iOS 14.7 beta, operations in the “shortcut” app run faster. One of the reports mentioned that a shortcut with 700 operations used to take about 30 seconds to run on iOS 14.5, but now it only takes 13 seconds to run on iOS 14.6. Other users report that the update speed has increased slightly, but it’s not a big deal.
Some tests have been conducted, and it is indeed possible to notice some improvements in iOS 14.6 and iOS 14.7 beta. However, as we believe, this only becomes more obvious when it comes to shortcuts with dozens or hundreds of actions. In one of our tests, we ran shortcuts for 380 actions.
An iPhone using iOS 14.5.1 takes 8 seconds to complete, while another iPhone using iOS 14.6 takes only 4 seconds to complete the same task. The test was conducted using the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max, both of which use the A14 Bionic chip.
Apple did not mention any improvements to the Shortcuts app in the iOS 14.6 release notes, but it is great to see it implemented. The update speed is faster. Have you noticed these improvements on the device? Let us know in the comments below.
Data and anecdotal evidence provided by people who participated in Reddit and other online forums support this conclusion and increase the speed at which the iOS and iPadOS 14.6 updates allow in-app shortcut scripts at a significant rate.
The operations provided in the shortcuts now run much faster than before. Third-party operations also run faster. According to reports, even the simplest operations, such as generating menus, are more agile than previous iOS versions.