IOS 11.2 introduces SiriKit for HomePod and third-party apps
The iOS beta 11.2 includes a new feature called SiriKit for HomePod, which will allow developers to take advantage of the speaker as an access point to send the commands to the related app on the iPhone and iPad.
SiriKit is a framework introduced by Apple with iOS 10 and then expanded with iOS 11 for the support of “lists, notes, reminders, bank account, and the app QR code”. invites the sviluppatoriCon the ad arrived yesterday, Apple brings SiriKit also on the HomePod, opening the way to the support for third-party developers. Even if this framework is not exactly a direct integration to third-party apps, Apple to test your app with the Handoff feature:
iOS 11.2 introduces SiriKit for HomePod, the powerful speaker smart from the sound incredible, able to adapt to any environment and providing immediate access to Apple's Music. HomePod is also an assistant for the home, it useful to receive answers to various questions and manage the day to day activities. With Siri, users can control the HomePod through voice interaction. And with SiriKit, users can access the iOS app for messaging, lists, and notes. Make sure that the integration of SiriKit for your app is updated, and checks the vocal experience of this function.
Siri will recognize requests SiriKit made on the HomePod and it will send these commands to the iOS device of the user for processing. To prepare and test the app, you can use the headset and an iPhone or iPad with iOS 11.2 beta.
At the moment it is not yet clear how it will work everything, especially because the developers do not have a HomePod to make appropriate tests and must be satisfied to try the new SiriKit via headphones. In general, this news should allow you to manage some apps directly from the HomePod: at the moment, the support is limited only to the app “lists, notes, and messaging“. For example, we will be able to say to Siri on the HomePod to add an activity to the app Things and the system will update all on our iPhone.
Remember that HomePod will be available in December at a price of 349$, initially only in the United States.
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