Apple Introduces Siri to Third-Party Devices


Siri is finally coming to third-party devices. Apple announced at its WWDC keynote that makers of HomeKit accessories will be able to integrate Siri voice control into their devices later this year. The voice assistant is routed through a HomePod when the devices are connected to your network.

Apple has not released a comprehensive list of devices and brands that support Siri. The company demonstrated it on an Ecobee thermostat during its WWDC keynote presentation.

Apple has also announced some new smart home features. Home Keys, which allow you to lock and unlock doors remotely, are now supported in the Wallet app.

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The HomePod Mini will support lossless audio in Apple Music later this year and will be able to function as a TV speaker, as you can currently do with the discontinued full-size HomePod. HomePods now also support commands for the Apple TV, and SharePlay now works with Apple TV. Speaking of Apple TV, it now supports “Shared with you” feature, which allows users to share TV shows through tvOS.


And the Apple Watch now supports the HomePod’s intercom feature, which lets you talk to compatible video doorbells and access packet detection from your wrist. You can control nearby HomeKit accessories in the camera view.