Apple buy game-changing 'Workflow' app and make it free for all

The app helps you execute tasks on your phone in minimal number of steps

Every now and then, an app comes along that is considered to be a game-changer. While it can be hard to find the good amongst the millions of apps on offer, Apple has purchased a gem and made it free for all.

Workflow is an automation app that was labelled by Apple as “most innovative” back in 2015. Workflow takes a task that requires a number of steps and reduces the process to a tap of a button. For example, if you have a meeting scheduled for 11 am but are running late, tapping the “running late” workflow button will automatically contact the person listed in your next calendar event to inform them.

Described as “the Swiss Army knife for completing tasks”, this app has the potential to replace traditional applications. 

The app previously costs $2.99, but since purchasing the app, Tim Cook's company has set its price to free.  The creators of the app will now join Apple's team. Speaking after the purchase was announced, co-creator of Workflow Ari Weinstein said, “We can’t wait to take our work to the next level at Apple and contribute to products that touch people across the world."

How does it work?

Once downloaded, Workflow prompts the user to tap on the tasks they most frequently carry out on their phones. 

These processes are then represented on the notification screen with a small icon, meaning users tap on the icon rather than opening apps. It's a timesaver.

I, for example, have a Workflow tab, which can automatically post the last photo I have taken to my Instagram feed. This action can be carried out with a tip of the screen. 

iOS users can now download the app for free and give it a go.