Siri’s potential has always seemed squandered because it has been part of a closed system. For the most part, the personal assistant couldn’t integrate with any apps on your phone, limiting its usefulness. That may be about to change.
According to a report from The Information, Apple intends on opening up its AI to third-party developers through an SDK that would make their apps and services available through Siri. Apple’s late to the game in this regard, as Google, Amazon and the upcoming Viv have already opened their personal assistant systems to other developers. Amazon’s Alexa, for example, plays music through Spotify, triggers IFTTT recipes and can summon an Uber car.
Imagine Siri telling you the forecast from Dark Sky, reading news from the New York Times or telling you that you have new Tinder matches.
9to5Mac points out that Siri is already integrated with a few select partners. When you ask about restaurants, you’ll get information from Yelp and the opportunity to make a reservation through OpenTable. But these partners are limited. An SDK would open those options to any app or service that wanted to use it. Imagine Siri telling you the forecast from Dark Sky, reading news from the New York Times or telling you that you have new Tinder matches. All the developers would have to do is implement the SDK.
The report also suggests that Apple has a hardware competitor to Echo and Google Home in the works, moving Siri out of the phone and into the household. The company has allegedly been working on the project, which includes a speaker and HomeKit integration, since before the Echo was announced.
We expect to hear more about Apple’s plans for Siri at its WWDC conference starting June 13. Rumors are also swirling that Siri will finally come to the Mac desktops and laptops, and that we’ll see upgrades to MacBooks and a new version of OS X.