Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant for the iPhone, looks set to become compatible with a raft of new apps, as the tech giant looks to take on Amazon’s increasingly impressive Alexa.
Sources close to Apple’s engineering and artificial intelligence teams say that Siri will soon work with apps outside its current remit.
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At the moment, Siri can only handle requests relating to taxi-sharing services, as well as messaging and calling apps, photos, payments, and fitness information.
While details of what sort of apps will gain Siri compatibility remain under wraps, it is widely assumed that food ordering services, such as Deliveroo, will be added.
Apple is said to be taking a cautious approach to expanding Siri, instead working on improving its voice recognition so it can understand linguistic nuance.
This is the opposite tack from Amazon, whose Alexa service has more ‘skills’ but often struggles unless commands are offered in specific language.
Details of Apple’s plans will be revealed later today at the company’s annual WWDC event in San Jose, California.
iOS 11 will also be revealed at the event, as well as a new Siri home speaker.
Hints about the iPhone 8’s capability are also likely.
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