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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.


    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
  2. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    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.
  3. GadgetBen macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2015
    The limitations are why I’ve opted for the new Amazon Echo 2.

    Should be delivered this Friday along with my iPhone X :D
  4. KoolAid-Drink macrumors 65816

    Sep 18, 2013
    Hmmm, shouldn't it read as beta or something like that? It can easily mislead people into thinking the actual public release version of 11.2 was released.
  5. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    Would be nice if it automatically used nearby phones based on your voice :D
  6. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    So HomePod doesn’t work unless iOS device is nearby?
  7. ChrisLTD macrumors member


    Nov 18, 2013
    It wont work with apps unless an iOS device is nearby. Music playback and general Siri inquiries should work.
  8. Kognito macrumors regular


    Jul 27, 2011
    How does this work for multiple users? Or will everyone in the house need their own HomePod to enjoy the app-centric functionality?
  9. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    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.
  10. fairuz macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    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.
  11. dampfnudel macrumors 68030

    Aug 14, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
  12. Dave245 macrumors 603


    Sep 15, 2013
    I wonder what will happen if you have multiple HomePods, one in the bedroom and one on the kitchen for example :confused:
  13. dfs macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2008
    --- Post Merged, Oct 30, 2017 ---
    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??
  14. penguintheft macrumors newbie


    Jun 23, 2011
    iOS 11.2 was only released as a beta today, not a full release to everyone.
  15. hagar macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2008
    I assume Apple will suggest to buy separate houses. Each with their own Homepod and Apple TV.
  16. ctdonath macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    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...)
  17. rtdunham macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2003
    St. Petersburg, FL, Northern KY
    Might want to correct this error in the lede of the story.
  18. MentalFloss macrumors 65816


    Mar 14, 2012
    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.
  19. btrach144 macrumors 65816


    Aug 28, 2015
    I have a hard time still trying to accept the $350 price tag.
  20. Internet Enzyme macrumors 6502a

    Internet Enzyme

    Feb 21, 2016
    Apple shouod really release a echo dot style siri device. I don’t want your crap built in speakers thank you very much
  21. TimWillz macrumors regular


    Apr 3, 2013
    Chester, United Kingdom
    Can’t wait for the HomePod, especially excited to hear the sound quality.
  22. sinsin07, Oct 30, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2017

    sinsin07 macrumors 68040

    Mar 28, 2009
    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.
  23. Vanilla35 macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington D.C.
    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?
  24. wesley96 macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2009
    This implies that iOS 11.2 will be coming in December, to coincide with HomePod rollout.
  25. Mtmspa macrumors 6502a

    May 13, 2013
    Not gonna crap speakers. Nice troll attempt.

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