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VP Craig Federighi about the future of macOS automation. The reader received the following response and forwarded it to 9to5Mac, which has verified the email: Hi [redacted], We have every intent to continue our support for the great automation technologies in macOS! Thanks for being an Apple customer! — craig As you can see, the email lacks details. We don’t know a roadmap for AppleScript and Automator, nor do we have any insight as to how automation is being handled on the macOS team. As 9to5Mac notes, it’s possible that automation is in maintenance mode, a status of a feature that’s still supported but isn’t set to have any new features. Automation features like AppleScript and Automator let users create scripts that can perform tasks. It’s especially handy for performing repetitive tasks. You can create a script and have macOS do all the work for you. iOS doesn’t have any automation features, so third-party solutions such as Workflow are used. It could be possible that if AppleScript and Automator aren’t upgraded in future macOS releases, third-party scripting tools will have to be considered. JANUARY 2017 • MACWORLD 17 MWJAN17.indd 17

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