As “powerful as Siri is, I’d like to see it be able to do more – much, much more,” Ben Lovejoy writes for 9to5Mac. “My single biggest frustration with it right now is that I have all these apps on my phone that can answer lots of questions and do lots of things, but Siri has no access to most of them. If it’s an Apple app, no problem. I can ask Siri to send a text, remind me to buy milk when I pass my local shop, play some Anna Nalick, show me the photos I took yesterday and a lot more.”
“But what I can’t yet do is ask the time of my next train home, despite having an app on my phone that can answer that question,” Lovejoy writes. “I can’t ask it to show me today’s Timehop, nor can I ask it to post that to Facebook. I can’t ask it to post something to a Hipchat or Slack chatroom. I can’t ask it to call an Uber car. I can’t ask it to translate ‘Where is the nearest pharmacy’ into Mandarin.”
“An API that allows third-party apps to interface with Siri seems, at first glance, a small thing to ask,” Lovejoy writes. “But I recognize that the reality is very different. What I’m asking for here is non-trivial.”
Much more in the full article – recommended – here.
MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s webpage lists all of the things Siri can do, stating:
Talk to Siri as you would to a friend and it can help you get things done — like sending messages, placing calls, and making dinner reservations. You can ask Siri to show you the Orion constellation or to flip a coin. Siri works hands-free, so you can ask it to show you the best route home and what your ETA is while driving. It works with HomeKit to let your voice be the remote control for connected products in your home. And it’s tuned in to the world, working with Wikipedia, Yelp, Rotten Tomatoes, Shazam, and other online services to get you even more answers. The more you use Siri, the more you’ll realize how great it is. And just how much it can do for you.
Find out how powerful Siri actually is here: http://www.apple.com/ios/siri/