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iOS 11.2 beta, released this morning, introduces SiriKit support for the HomePod, according to Apple. With SiriKit for HomePod now available, Apple is asking developers to make sure SiriKit-compatible apps are optimized for HomePod ahead of the device's release.

SiriKit is designed to allow iOS and watchOS apps to work with Siri, so users can complete tasks with Siri voice commands. SiriKit is available for a wide range of apps on those two platforms, but its availability is slightly more limited when it comes to HomePod.

apple-homepod-space-gray.jpg

Third-party apps that use SiriKit Messaging, Lists, and Notes are compatible with the HomePod. Siri will recognize voice requests given to the HomePod, with those requests carried out on a linked iOS device. So, for example, users can ask HomePod to send a message to a friend, add an item to a list, or create a new note. Sample HomePod requests:

- Send a text to Eric using WhatsApp
- In WeChat, tell Eric I'll be late
- Add chocolate and bananas to my list in Things
- Create a note that says "hello" in Evernote

Developers can test the voice-only experience of their apps using Siri through headphones connected to an iOS device with the iOS 11.2 beta.

Apple plans to release the HomePod this December, but a specific launch date for the speaker has not yet been provided. When it becomes available, the HomePod will cost $349.

Article Link: Apple Asks Developers to Start Optimizing Apps for HomePod Using SiriKit in iOS 11.2
 

OldSchoolMacGuy

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Hope more will get onboard here. Though the limits are still not great, it would be nice to be able to control more apps using Siri.
 

Kognito

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How does this work for multiple users? Or will everyone in the house need their own HomePod to enjoy the app-centric functionality?
 

fairuz

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It's really dumb that like Apple Watch, HomePod cannot be used independently from iPhone. It should be similar to Apple TV in that it can be purchased and used without having to own an iPhone.
Yeah... They'll probably fix that in due time. IDK if I'd buy it then, but I know I won't buy the current one.
 
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Dave245

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I wonder what will happen if you have multiple HomePods, one in the bedroom and one on the kitchen for example :confused:
 

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iOS 11.2, released this morning, introduces SiriKit support for the HomePod, according to Apple. With SiriKit for HomePod now available, Apple is asking developers to make sure SiriKit-compatible apps are optimized for HomePod ahead of the device's release.

SiriKit is designed to allow iOS and watchOS apps to work with Siri, so users can complete tasks with Siri voice commands. SiriKit is available for a wide range of apps on those two platforms, but its availability is slightly more limited when it comes to HomePod.

apple-homepod-space-gray.jpg

Third-party apps that use SiriKit Messaging, Lists, and Notes are compatible with the HomePod. Siri will recognize voice requests given to the HomePod, with those requests carried out on a linked iOS device. So, for example, users can ask HomePod to send a message to a friend, add an item to a list, or create a new note. Sample HomePod requests:

- Send a text to Eric using WhatsApp
- In WeChat, tell Eric I'll be late
- Add chocolate and bananas to my list in Things
- Create a note that says "hello" in Evernote

Developers can test the voice-only experience of their apps using Siri through headphones connected to an iOS device with the iOS 11.2 beta.

Apple plans to release the HomePod this December, but a specific launch date for the speaker has not yet been provided. When it becomes available, the HomePod will cost $349.

Article Link: Apple Asks Developers to Start Optimizing Apps for HomePod Using SiriKit in iOS 11.2
[doublepost=1509396835][/doublepost]It would be nice of Apple to take its own advice and apply it to Face Time Audio? Why exactly the hell aren't they doing that??
 

ctdonath

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Doesn't it inherently work with AppleTV? I'd expect to buy a couple and set 'em next to the display*, presumably getting better sound than what's inherently in my current HDTV.

(* - I'm having increasing difficulty finding a suitable name for that thing. "TV" it isn't, as that implies a video-over-radio receiver receiving pre-programmed channels. "Monitor" seems awkward, given the history as part of a dedicated computer interface - which this is, but not the way most people intend. "Display" should be a verb, not so much a noun. "Screen" just doesn't seem right either. Gah...)
 

MentalFloss

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I don‘t quite get what is the advantage over what I am currently doing, i.e. calling „Hey Siri“ to the iPad on the table in front of me. So now I would have a $349 speaker that connects to the aforementioned iPad or my iPhone and does exactly the same? Sure, great, it can play music, but I already have a wireless speaker that I am very happy with and that cost significantly less than $349.
 

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iOS 11.2, released this morning, introduces SiriKit support for the HomePod, according to Apple. With SiriKit for HomePod now available, Apple is asking developers to make sure SiriKit-compatible apps are optimized for HomePod ahead of the device's release.

SiriKit is designed to allow iOS and watchOS apps to work with Siri, so users can complete tasks with Siri voice commands. SiriKit is available for a wide range of apps on those two platforms, but its availability is slightly more limited when it comes to HomePod.

apple-homepod-space-gray.jpg

Third-party apps that use SiriKit Messaging, Lists, and Notes are compatible with the HomePod. Siri will recognize voice requests given to the HomePod, with those requests carried out on a linked iOS device. So, for example, users can ask HomePod to send a message to a friend, add an item to a list, or create a new note. Sample HomePod requests:

- Send a text to Eric using WhatsApp
- In WeChat, tell Eric I'll be late
- Add chocolate and bananas to my list in Things
- Create a note that says "hello" in Evernote

Developers can test the voice-only experience of their apps using Siri through headphones connected to an iOS device with the iOS 11.2 beta.

Apple plans to release the HomePod this December, but a specific launch date for the speaker has not yet been provided. When it becomes available, the HomePod will cost $349.

Article Link: Apple Asks Developers to Start Optimizing Apps for HomePod Using SiriKit in iOS 11.2

Apple shouod really release a echo dot style siri device. I don’t want your crap built in speakers thank you very much
 

sinsin07

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I don‘t quite get what is the advantage over what I am currently doing, i.e. calling „Hey Siri“ to the iPad on the table in front of me. So now I would have a $349 speaker that connects to the aforementioned iPad or my iPhone and does exactly the same? Sure, great, it can play music, but I already have a wireless speaker that I am very happy with and that cost significantly less than $349.
Seems like you already figured out your own answer.
This setup is not for you.
Just because Apple makes it doesn't mean you need or have to buy it.
 
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Vanilla35

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It's really dumb that like Apple Watch, HomePod cannot be used independently from iPhone. It should be similar to Apple TV in that it can be purchased and used without having to own an iPhone.

Yeah wtf? I thought this thing is connected to the internet. Why can't it just utilize some sort of Homepod app extensions, which allow it to do the limited number of things it can do, specifically from those extensions. For example, adding, editing, or removing a note from Evernote. Why does it need the phone nearby?
 
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wesley96

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This implies that iOS 11.2 will be coming in December, to coincide with HomePod rollout.
 
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