expected to expand Siri‘s functionality,
allowing the voice assistant built into the iPhone and iPad to work with a wider
variety of apps, reports
Apple first started allowing third-party apps to interface with
Siri with iOS
10, but Siri integration is limited to apps in the
following categories: ride booking, messaging, photo search,
payments, VoIP calling, and fitness. In iOS 11, that’s
expected to expand to additional categories, but it is unclear
which categories will be added.
Apple Inc is expected to announce plans next week to make its
Siri voice assistant work with a larger variety of apps, as the
technology company looks to counter the runaway success of
Amazon.com Inc’s competing Alexa service.
But the Cupertino, California company is likely to stick to
its tested method of focusing on a small amount of features
and trying to perfect them, rather than casting as wide a net
as possible, according to engineers and artificial
intelligence industry insiders.
Expanded third-party app access to Siri is one of
the few tidbits we’ve heard about Apple’s plans for iOS 11, which
is also expected to feature new design elements and a revamped
Music app. Rumors suggest Apple has been working on
significant improvements to Siri, so other Siri features could
also be included.
Part of the reason behind bolstering Siri’s capability is
likely Apple’s work on a Siri-based smart speaker designed to
compete with the Amazon Echo and the Google Home. It’s not yet
clear what the speaker will be capable of, and it isn’t
included in today’s Reuters report beyond a brief
mention, but to be competitive, the speaker will need to
interface with third-party apps much like iOS.
Rumors suggest there is a chance Apple plans to introduce the
Siri speaker at WWDC to allow
developers time to create integrations and features for the
device ahead of a fall launch, but whether that will happen
remains to be seen.
Apple’s Siri and speaker plans will be unveiled on Monday, June
5 at 10:00 a.m., which is when the WWDC keynote event kicks