Word on the street is that Apple is starting to provide tracking information to those lucky enough to get an early shipping date for their iPhone 12 pre-order.
It’s pretty easy to keep tabs on that shipment and fend off “porch pirates,” but you can simplify that process even further by using Apple’s Shortcuts app, and reduce the amount of taps it takes to frantically—I mean, frequently—check your iPhone 12 shipment status.
Open the Apple Store App, and tap your current iPhone 12 order. Tap Track Shipment to view additional tracking details, and tap the Open in Safari button in lower-right corner.
Tap the URL to highlight it, then tap it again and select Copy to add the tracking URL to your clipboard. Open the Shortcuts app, then select the “+” button in upper-right corner to create new Shortcut. Tap Add Action.
Select Web Action, and under Safari, tap Open URLs. Tap the URL field twice and select Paste to add the tracking URL from your clipboard. Tap Done in the lower-right corner then tap Next in the upper-right corner.
Enter the shortcut name. Tip: This is the phrase you will use to trigger Shortcut via Siri. An optional edit: tap the icon to change it color and image “Glyph”.
How to Track Your iPhone Shipment
You now have three ways to keep tabs on your new smartphone:
Open the Shortcut App and tap your Shortcut name.
Tap the Shortcut settings (three dots) to add the Shortcut icon to your Home Screen.
Fire up Siri and say [Shortcut name] to trigger your Shortcut.