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Since its inception in 2011, Apple’s voice assistant has established a home in the , , , , and — all first-party devices made by Apple. On Monday, as Apple introduced iOS 15 at its yearly , the company announced that Siri is on the move, and headed soon to third-party HomeKit devices that aren’t made by Apple.
“We believe Siri’s most powerful when it’s available throughout your house, which is why we’re excited to bring Siri to third-party devices,” said Yah Cason, release automation manager for Apple HomeKit. “For the first time, HomeKit accessory-makers can enable Siri in their products, so you’ll be able to talk with Siri on even more devices.”
That said, you’ll still need a HomePod or HomePod Mini on your network to serve as a sort of routing agent for those voice commands. Even so, the newly opened access to Siri will make it easier to expand the assistant’s voice-activated footprint throughout your home, and it’ll also pull Apple’s voice assistant closer toand to , both of which are already featured in a fairly wide number of third-party devices.
Apple didn’t have much to say about potential destinations for Siri at WWDC, but it’s a safe bet that you’ll start seeing third-party Siri speakers and other new voice-activated Siri devices by year’s end. For instance, Ecobee, which already makes third-party Alexa devices, is teasing an upcoming Siri smart thermostat. We’ll keep an eye out as more of these Siri gadgets start to arrive.