On Thursday Apple confirmed the acquisition of DeskConnect, the team behind the iOS application Workflow. San Francisco-based DeskConnect was founded in 2012 by Ari Weinstein, Conrad Kramer, Ben Feldman and Nick Frey. As one of the popular productivity tools in App Store, Workflow makes it possible for users to automate multi-step tasks between software applications, services and Apple devices.
The detail terms of the acquisition are not disclosed yet.
Workflow was once selected for Apple Design Award in 2015 “because of its outstanding use of iOS accessibility features”. The automation app enable you to drag and drop any combination of actions to create personal workflows for your iOS devices. Now Apple has made Workflow free on its App Store, the previous price of which was $3. A spokeperson from the company told VentureBeat that the app will remain available. The existing integrations with apps will continue to be updated.
Currently Workflow supports more than 200 actions, with integrations into Apple apps and other 3rd party services like Dropbox, Evernote and Facebook. In that sense the iOS app much resembles the Automator, a tool included with OS X which allows you to build custom workflows to perform both simple and complex tasks.
“We are thrilled to be joining Apple,” said Weinstein, a member from DeskConnect team. “We’ve worked closely with Apple from the very beginning, from kickstarting our company as students attending WWDC to developing and launching Workflow and seeing its amazing success on the App Store. We can’t wait to take our work to the next level at Apple and contribute to products that touch people across the world.”
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