Apple to acquire automation app Workflow

Apple has finalised a deal to acquire Workflow, a tool that allows users to hook together apps and functions within apps in strings of commands to automate tasks, TechCrunch reported yesterday.

The app was developed by a small team that includes Ari Weinstein, a former iPhone jailbreaker.

''We are thrilled to be joining Apple,'' said Weinstein in a statement. ''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.''

Workflow allows users to group together a number of actions to perform complicated tasks with one tap. TechCrunch reported that Workflow the app was being acquired, along with the team of Weinstein, Conrad Kramer, Ayaka Nonaka and Nick Frey.