SiriKit was introduced alongside iOS 10, and now it will be implemented with the upcoming smart speaker, the HomePod.
Earlier today, Apple officially seeded the first developer beta of iOS 11.2. One of the primary new additions is the introduction of “SiriKit on HomePod.” With it, limited app support from third-party developers will be available for the smart speaker, something that Apple didn’t really comment on earlier this year when it announced the HomePod.
“iOS 11.2 introduces SiriKit for HomePod, the powerful speaker that sounds amazing, adapts to wherever it’s playing, and provides instant access to Apple Music. HomePod is also a helpful home assistant for everyday questions and tasks. With the intelligence of Siri, users control HomePod through natural voice interaction. And with SiriKit, users can access iOS apps for Messaging, Lists, and Notes. Make sure your SiriKit integration is up to date and test your app’s voice-only experience today.”
SiriKit on HomePod harbors a few key changes. Fist, and most importantly, while the Siri requests are made via the HomePod, the processes needed to complete the request are actually handled on a nearby iPhone or iPad. And, since the HomePod isn’t available right now, Apple is suggesting to developers to try out their SiriKit requests with a pair of headphones connected to an iPhone or iPad to see how the scenario will play out:
“With the intelligence of Siri, users control HomePod through natural voice interaction and can conveniently access iOS apps that support SiriKit Messaging, Lists, and Notes. Siri recognizes SiriKit requests made on HomePod and sends those requests to the user’s iOS device for processing. To prepare your app, make sure that your SiriKit integration is up to date and that you’ve adopted all of the appropriate intents”
Unfortunately, without a HomePod to actually test any of this out, it still remains to be seen how this particular setup will work. With the third-party app support coming through the iPhone or iPad itself, not being handled on the HomePod, it will be interesting to see how it all behaves, and to see if the implementation is worthwhile.
Are you planning on picking up a HomePod when it goes on sale this December for $349?