Apple will allow more developers to use Siri in their apps, it has been confirmed, paving the way for a major improvement in what the company’s voice-activated virtual assistant is capable of.
At the moment, only Apple’s native apps, such as its own browser Safari and Apple Maps, and third parties with whom it has chosen to work, such as Yelp, have been able to use Siri. That severely limited what you could do with voice commands on your iPhone.
But an inside source says that Apple will roll out a software development kit (SDK) for Siri at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next month.
The new SDK, which is essentially a set of tools for software-makers, will permit any app-maker to use Siri without any rubber-stamp from Apple.
The result should be that in future when you call up Apple’s virtual assistant, you’ll be able to use your voice to do anything from hail a cab through Uber or order dinner from Deliveroo.
Despite launching first, Siri is currently lagging behind the likes of Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s newly–revealed Allo.
Both these companies now also offer a home product for accessing the web via voice.
Apple is said to be working on a similar product which will use Siri and double up as a home speaker as well as a hub for the growing number of Apple HomeKit products.
Apple's forthcoming WWDC technology expo, due to take place June 13th-17th, will also be marked by the unveiling of a new version of its iOS operating system, as well as hints about what to expect from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, due out in September.