Apple's Vivek Bhardwaj talks to Mac Power Users about Shortcuts on macOS

My favorite new automations in Shortcuts in iOS 14
My favorite new automations in Shortcuts in iOS 14 (Image credit: Joseph Keller / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple's Vivek Bhardwaj joined the Mac Power Users podcast to discuss WWDC.
  • macOS gaining Shortcuts was top of the agenda.

Apple's Vivek Bhardwaj joined the Mac Power Users podcast to talk about the arrival of Shortcuts on macOS among other things. The arrival of Shortcuts on the Mac is something many hadn't dared hope for, but it'll be part of macOS Monterey when it ships later this year.

Apple announced macOS Monterey during its WWDC opening keynote on Monday and we've been learning more about it ever since. We learn a bit more via the Mac Power Users podcast as well, with Apple putting Bhardwaj up for interview.

WWDC 2021 has brought new versions of all of Apple's software platforms, with a large number of features coming to them all at once. This week, Stephen and David talk through the changes, and speak to Apple's Vivek Bhardwaj about the new Shortcuts for Mac and what it means for traditional (and future) Mac automation.

The full episode, and indeed the entire Mac Power Users podcast catalog, is worth a listen.

In this episode, Bhardwaj explained that the feedback provided by iPhone and iPad users was what made bringing Shortcuts to the Mac a possibility. They also went on to say that Shortcuts is being deeply integrated with macOS, rather than being stuck on top as could have been the case.

Apple's macOS Monterey update is available as a developer beta right now while it will be made available to the public later this fall.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.