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WWDC 2019: Siri Expected to Become More Useful With Third-Party Apps on iOS 13 and More

iOS 13 will enable developers to integrate Siri into their apps for several new use cases, including media playback, search, voice calling, event ticketing, message attachments, flights, train trips, and airport gate and seat information, according to 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo.


In a report today, Rambo detailed several other developer-focused features that he expects Apple to announce at WWDC in June, including the ability for iOS apps ported to the Mac to use Mac-specific features such as the Touch Bar and keyboard shortcuts along with support for multiple windows.

Rambo says enabling Mac support for an existing iOS app is "as easy as checking a checkbox" in Xcode, akin to adding iPad support to an iPhone app.

Apple's augmented reality platform ARKit is said to gain "significant improvements" this year, including a brand new Swift-only framework for augmented reality and a companion app that lets developers create augmented reality experiences visually. ARKit is also said to gain the ability to detect human poses.

Developers are also expected to gain access to a handful of new frameworks that allow for expanded use of the Taptic Engine, document scanning in third-party apps, and the ability to capture photos from external devices such as cameras and SD cards without having to go through Apple's Photos app.

Last, on the Mac, apps will supposedly be able to offer file provider extensions, improving the integration of apps like Dropbox with Finder.

Related Roundups: iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS Catalina


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22 weeks ago
I feel like we hear Siri is going to become better every year...and then it doesn't.
Rating: 31 Votes
22 weeks ago

Rambo says enabling Mac support for an existing iOS app is "as easy as checking a checkbox" in Xcode, akin to adding iPad support to an iPhone app.

This is not good. iOS and macOS apps are two completely different beasts. Checking a box isn't going to make for a good user experience. This is basically what Apple did with apps like News and HomeKit and they are terrible.

including the ability for iOS apps ported to the Mac to use Mac-specific features such as the Touch Bar

Everybody: We don't care about Touch Bar
Apple: Let's double down on Touch Bar

Apple is driving me a bit crazy lately.
Rating: 19 Votes
22 weeks ago
Siri has becoming “more useful” for the past x years... or at least they say
Rating: 16 Votes
22 weeks ago
'Siri' and the word 'useful' are two words that should never be used in the same sentence, aside from this one.
Rating: 15 Votes
22 weeks ago
Let's work on making Siri useful before we start trying to make her "more useful" ;)
Rating: 12 Votes
22 weeks ago
Integrating a brain-dead assistant into third-party apps will help....spread the frustration around.
Rating: 9 Votes
22 weeks ago
for the love of god how about we just start with better voice recognition?
Rating: 9 Votes
22 weeks ago

Apple has actually has made a lot of improvements to Siri. It's easily as useful for everyday tasks as any smart assistant. Easily.

What are you specifically struggling with that she doesn't do well? And be honest...don't say you asked her the meaning of life and weren't satisfied with the answer.


how about accurately recognizing when a command i am giving pertains to a contact in my phone?

how about asking what reminder i am trying to set before going in and changing a random one??

i’m talking basic fundamentals that google assistant has been able to accurately do for years now.

Rating: 8 Votes
22 weeks ago

Siri has becoming “more useful” for the past x years... or at least they say


Shortcuts really helped Siri a lot, but all the heavy lifting in setting it up lies on the user.
Rating: 6 Votes
22 weeks ago
Is it possible to disable Siri entirely rather than for every single app? I would like a setting in iCloud that disables Siri with one button across all devices.
Rating: 6 Votes

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