Apple is upping its game in the field of intelligent assistants.
After years of internal debate and discussion about how to do so,
the company is preparing to open up Siri to apps made by others.
And it is working on an Amazon Echo-like device with a speaker and
microphone that people can use to turn on music, get news
headlines or set a timer.
Opening up its Siri voice assistant to outside app developers is
the more immediate step. Apple is preparing to release a software
developer kit, or SDK, for app developers who want their apps to
be accessible through Siri, according to a person with direct
knowledge of the effort. […]
Apple hopes to make the Siri SDK available in time for its annual
conference for developers in June.
Will be interesting to see how this API works. Will the Siri extensions be packaged within existing iOS (and Mac?) apps? As for the Echo competitor — I hope they call it the Hi-Fi.