iOS 15 to Limit Siri Functionality With Third-Party Apps

Starting with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8, Apple will cut back on integration between Siri and third-party apps, drastically reducing the type and number of commands users will be able to invoke through the virtual assistant for third-party apps.

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On a developer support page, Apple says that a number of SiriKit intents and commands will no longer be supported with the public release of all of its upcoming operating systems this fall. Apple lists a total of 22 SiriKit commands that will no longer be supported, with the most notable one being that users will no longer be able to book a ride, such as with Uber.

Alongside removing support for ride-booking apps to integrate with ‌Siri‌, Apple is also cutting back on ‌Siri‌'s ability to integrate with to-do apps. With the new changes, users of popular to-do and note apps, such as Things 3 or Todoist, will no longer be able to create a new task list, delete a task, or amend a note by simply asking ‌Siri‌. The ability to create new tasks, however, will remain.

Additional changes include the deprecation of SiriKit intents that allow users to make bill payments with third-party apps, search for bills, or transfer money between two accounts within a specific app. Apple is also cutting back on several CarPlay intents, removing the ability for users to use ‌Siri‌ to set an audio source in a car, adjust climate, seat, or defroster settings.

Ahead of when these changes go into effect, Apple advises that developers update their apps to remove any marketing material, such as graphics or instructional material, that informs users of the ability to use ‌Siri‌ to conduct certain tasks. Apple further notes that developers will not need to remove the soon to be deprecated SiriKit APIs from their apps code but will receive warnings when attempting to compile their apps with Xcode.

Make plans to update any promotional activities that highlight the functionality provided by these APIs in your app. Please note that the symbols will remain in the SDK, so you don't need to remove the API calls from your app. However, you'll receive compile-time warnings alerting you to the deprecation going forward.

Apple is rather quiet on why it's deciding to suddenly limit ‌Siri‌'s integration with third-party apps, especially as the company is in the midst of growing concerns around anti-competitive conduct. Several developers, companies, and governments are investigating Apple regarding alleged actions that stifle competition from third-party developers, and at the same time, further promote first-party apps and services.

The latest round of changes to SiriKit may spark additional concerns, as some large developers will no longer be offered features that are available to first-party apps made by Apple.

Alternatively, the latest move by Apple may be part of its plan to consolidate users and developers into using Shortcuts. Shortcuts allow users to create a custom phrase that triggers a specific task for a third-party app. Developers can expose a specific task, such as sending a message through Instagram to Shortcuts, allowing users to create a specific phrase that triggers the task when invoked through ‌Siri‌.

With the new updates, if a user attempts to make a command not supported for third-party apps, ‌Siri‌ will respond by saying that the command cannot be completed. iOS 15, alongside ‌iPadOS 15‌, ‌macOS Monterey‌, and watchOS 8, are all set to be released this fall and are currently in beta testing with developers and public beta testers.

Related Roundups: watchOS 9, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey

Top Rated Comments

DaveKensington Avatar
18 months ago
Anyone else remember when Apple announced they were “opening up Siri”
Score: 57 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Quu Avatar
18 months ago
So now Siri is getting dumber when we all want it to be smarter and be able to do more things like Alexa and Google Home. Wonderful.
Score: 57 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
18 months ago
It’s like Apple bought Siri (which they did), the whole remaining team left and now (for years) Apple did not really have the people to actually do anything besides giving it a little redesign. That’s my only explanation for years of neglect and suckage (is that a English word?)
Score: 47 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Reason077 Avatar
18 months ago
This is strange. Why would Apple deliberately want to limit Siri's functionality in this way? Unless they've decided that SiriKit is too limiting and there's a better, deeper integration planned in future updates to Siri. But still, why not just deprecate SiriKit interactions rather than blocking them completely?

On the other hand, perhaps this is just a clean up of intents that Apple's metrics showed weren't being widely used anyway. Who's ever used Siri to book an Uber?
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
raindogg Avatar
18 months ago
Siri is good for two thing, setting the clock or checking the weather. Other than that it’s completely useless. For me anyway, I asked her to play The Rolling Stones and she played Romancing the Stone.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TallGuyGT Avatar
18 months ago
A more simple (and accurate) headline would be “Siri has limited functionality”.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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