Apple bringing Siri to third-party HomeKit accessories for the first time
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Apple is bringing Siri to third-party devices and platforms for the first time, allowing HomeKit-supporting companies to integrate the assistant into their devices.
The Apple digital assistant will arrive on third-party devices later in 2021. With the support, HomeKit accessory makers will be able to integrate Siri into their own devices.
With third-party support, users will be able to access Siri and give voice commands to third-party products. Apple demoed this on stage by querying Siri on an Ecobee Smart Learning Thermostat.
Apple says Siri on third-party devices will support "Personal Requests, Intercom, timers, and alarms."
Hardware developers must be a part of Apple's MFi program for HomeKit accessories, and users will still need to have a HomePod or HomePod mini in their home. Unlike speakers from other manufacturers that fully bake in Amazon Alexa, these Siri-enabled devices will be merely relaying the query to a HomePod or HomePod mini in your home.
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