Automation can be help with simple tasks like converting a webpage to PDF or can become a complex monster saving you hundreds of hours a year. Until the Workflow app came to IOS, true automation was an Android only benefit.
The $5 app is now permanently free because Apple acquired them.
The Workflow app has been around for a couple of years and is a distant cousin (functionally) to IFTTT. It allows users to string together a series of actions, tasks, conditions and inputs and perform all kinds of useful tasks.
- Encode media
- Record Audio
- Post on social media
- Automate app functionality where a URL scheme is exposed
- Send emails
- Pull RSS feeds
- much much more
What we don't know yet is what Apple will do with the team and the app. It was made free but there is always the risk Apple will kill the app and move some of the functionality to:
- a new Apple branded app
- into a new version of IOS
- into a new service running on iCloud