Apple introduces Siri for third-party devices

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

Apple hasn’t released a comprehensive list of devices and brands that will support Siri. The company demoed it on an Ecobee thermostat during its WWDC keynote presentation.

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

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

And the Apple Watch now supports the HomePod’s intercom feature, which will allow you to talk to compatible video doorbells and access package detection from your wrist. You’ll be able to control nearby HomeKit accessories in camera view.

Developing… we’re adding more to this post, but you can follow along with our WWDC 2021 live blog to get the news even faster.

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