Siri Shortcuts, in its current form, runs Shortcuts first before it opens the app. This means that there is an additional step which slows the process down, but there is some good news. According to those testing out the second beta of iOS 14.3, it appears that Apple has decided to speed things up a bit where if a user were to create a Siri Shortcut on their home screen to launch an app, it would launch the app straight instead of having to open the Shortcuts app first.
From what we can tell, it will still display a notification to let the user know that their Shortcut has been successfully run, but we suppose that’s more like a safety issue where Apple probably wants users to know what goes on on their devices, in case they might have downloaded a Shortcut from somewhere and aren’t quite sure of what exactly it does.
It is a small change but it is also a rather useful quality of life change that we’re sure some users can appreciate moving forwards. There is no word on when iOS 14.3 is expected to be released, but hopefully it will be soon.