Shortcuts are running up to twice as fast on iPhone and iPad with iOS 14.6

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

  • Shortcuts are reportedly running much faster with iOS 14.6.
  • Performance on complicated Shortcuts appears to increase by as much as 200%.

Running Shortcuts on the iPhone and iPad just got a lot faster.

As reported by 9to5Mac, when Apple released iOS 14.6 and iPadOS 14.6 to the public, it made enhancements to AirTag as well as launched Apple Card Family and Apple Podcasts Subscriptions. While Apple did not announce anything about it, it also made Shortcuts run much faster.

As reported by some users on Twitter and Reddit, actions in the Shortcuts app run faster with iOS 14.6 and iOS 14.7 beta. One of the reports mentions that a shortcut with 700 actions used to take about 30 seconds to run on iOS 14.5, but now, it runs in just 13 seconds with iOS 14.6. Other users report that the speed got slightly faster with the update but nothing significant.9to5Mac did some tests, and indeed, it is possible to notice some improvements in both iOS 14.6 and iOS 14.7 beta. However, just as we thought, this only becomes more noticeable when it comes to shortcuts with dozens or hundreds of actions.In one of our tests, we ran a shortcut with 380 actions. While the iPhone with iOS 14.5.1 took 8 seconds to complete it, another iPhone with iOS 14.6 took only 4 seconds to do the same tasks. The tests were conducted with an iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max, both devices with the A14 Bionic chip.

As the report notes, it appears to only be noticeable if you have a shortcut with dozens if not hundreds of tasks that run. However, the tests show that, for those who use such shortcuts, they could see performance improvements as much as 200%.

This is great news for those who are deep into Shortcuts on the iPhone.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.