Siri has been restricted to use on Apple's own apps that come pre-loaded onto its smartphones, tablets and smart watches, but with iOS 10 that will be released in the Autumn this will change.
iPhone owners will soon be able to use Siri, Apple's voice assistant, to send messages using WhatsApp or book taxis via Uber.Until now, Siri has been restricted to use on Apple's own apps that come pre-loaded onto its smartphones, tablets, smart watches and even Apple TV, the company's TV streaming device, but at its big annual conference in California this week, Apple revealed that as part of its latest operating system, iOS 10, this will change. Apple is giving any developer of apps for iPhones and iPads the ability to add support for Siri into their app.
So for example if WhatsApp, Netflix and Uber add this functionality into their apps, you could be able to ask Siri to send a WhatsApp to your best friend, search for movies featuring Glenn Close or even find out how long a taxi will take to get to you.Apple also revealed it's bringing Siri to its Mac computers so you will be able to use the voice assistant across all your Apple devices in much the same way Windows voice assistant Cortana can be used on Windows 10 computers and Windows smartphones.
iOS 10 The expansion of Siri's capabilities is just one of the new features that can be found in Apple iOS 10, the new version of Apple's operating system for iPhones and iPads, which will be available as a free update in Autumn this year. Other features include support for animated emojis in the Messaging app along with a new-look Apple Music app that lets you easily search tracks and has a less cluttered interface that the first version of the app. iPhone and iPad users will also benefit from a redesigned News app that Apple says makes it easier to find the type of stories you want to read along with support for notifications on breaking news.
PhotosMeanwhile, the Photos app has also been given a new feature called Memories, which brings to your attention a collection of pictures taken on a specific date in the past, in the same way Facebook's On This Day and the Google Photos Assistant work. Furthermore, the new feature will also automatically create movies with music, titles and cinematic transitions. Apple has also developed a new Raise to Wake feature that wakes up the display as you raise pick up your phone so you can instantly see any notifications you have.MacOS SierraAlongside the new operating system for iPhones and iPads, Apple also unveiled MacOS Sierra, the latest version of its operating system for Mac computers. As well as support for Siri, MacOS Sierra, which will also be available as a free update in the Autumn, lets you unlock your Mac computer with your Apple Watch, copy & paste between Apple devices using the same Apple ID, use Apple Pay to make online shopping from your computer easier and even a Picture in Picture function that lets you float video from Safari or iTunes in a window over your desktop as you work.The new look Apple Music and Photo Memories function will both also be available in MacOS Sierra too. Apple Watch and Apple TV Apple Watch and Apple TV weren't left out either, both also getting software updates that will see the Apple Watch apps start up faster, the ability to share your daily Activity figures with friend, family or personal trainers, a new Breathe app that encourages you to take a moment in your day to do short deep breathing sessions and even share emojis hand-written notes from the smart watch. Meanwhile Siri's capabilities on Apple TV have been improved with the ability to search by topic, for example show me movies about football and YouTube search that lets you ask Siri to play video clips of cats etc. Both free updates will again be made available in Autumn this year.Here at the Good Housekeeping Institute we love that Siri is being expanded to more apps and also onto Mac computers, as using a voice assistant definitely saves time. Some of the features being introduced as part of iOS 10 and MacOS Sierra sound great and we look forward to trying them out when they're available.