Apple will release a software update later on this year that lets up on many of the Siri restrictions for third party messaging apps.
As things are, Siri defaults to using Apple’s proprietary apps when sending messages and making calls. A future update, though, will let her default to the services that are used most frequently, based on specific contacts.
Apple has recently faced much criticism over its restrictions on third-party apps and services. the company has already begun letting up on some of those with changes in iOS 13.
Right now Siri has better control over third-party music streaming services, for example. With an update coming some time later this year, it will function better with third-party messaging apps.
Siri will no longer default to Apple’s built-in Messages and Phone apps for all communication once this change is implemented. It will identify which services are used most frequently and employ those instead.
Here is an example, if you frequently use WhatsApp to message a certain friend, Siri will automatically default to that when you ask it to message that certain friend, you don’t even have to specify “WhatsApp” in your request.
Developers will need to enable the new functionality in their apps themselves. So seeing the change across all third-party messaging apps will take a little time. Support for calling services is also planned for later on.
A statement from Apple says “In the few categories where Apple also has an app, we have many successful competitors and we’re proud that their success is responsible for almost 2 million U.S. jobs in a thriving multibillion dollar market for developers”.
The upcoming update is good not only for developers, it’s also great for iPhone and iPad users who will find many more uses for Siri.