“Apple plans for [iWatch] to allow a wider variety of people to engage with health monitoring rather than the small, data-obsessed demographic that typically uses such devices now,” Meghan Foley reports for Wall St. Cheat Sheet. “Given the prevalence of Apple’s smartphones and tablets, the large number of people already engaged with Apple’s interface, and the company’s success at making its devices intuitive and easy to use, it is likely that Apple will make health monitoring popular with the wider public. While Apple watchers do not expect the company’s intended uses for the iWatch to require approval from the Food and Drug Administration, Siri will have to be greatly altered.”
“Apple engineers are reportedly redesigning Siri so that the iOS voice-driven personal assistant can be integrated with third-party applications,” Foley reports. “This latest rumor is courtesy of an article published Monday by tech blog The Information, which not only noted that this update will allow Siri to perform more advanced functions like book a hotel reservation, but that such an advancement is likely a necessity for the development of the iWatch.”
Foley reports, “‘The technology being developed at Apple can also be applied to determine what app to show a user when they have limited screen space, as they would when using a smartwatch the company has been developing, according to people familiar with the effort,’ noted the article. ‘If a user starts running, for example, Siri might show them a fitness app that could help them track their workout while moving other apps into the background.'”
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