Siri has gained new powers since the introduction of iOS 10. iPhone owners can enjoy a variety of enhancements to the personal assistant. One such feature offers APIs for developers, making it possible for Siri to interact with any compatible third-party apps. But before you start asking Siri to hail an Uber, or send a PayPal payment, these apps must be installed on your device and manually added to Siri. While the process only takes a moment, it is necessary to get the most out of Siri on iOS 10.
Now Siri can be used to deliver money to iOS contacts with PayPal. Sending a payment in 30 different countries is as simple as saying "Hey Siri, send Omar $60 with PayPal." The money will be delivered after confirming transaction details in a dialog box. In fact, payments can be sent or requested using natural language. As long as the word PayPal is included in the command, Siri will understand how to proceed.
Apple's personal assistant, while it started out a bit clunky, has evolved with every new iOS version and become a truly useful feature. The addition of 'Hey Siri' in iOS 9 allowed users to access it hands-free, making it even more handy. It has become popular enough that Apple added it to the latest macOS version, Sierra. This incarnation of Siri, however, does not have the 'Hey Siri' feature; you either have to click on the icon or use a keyboard shortcut to invoke her. There is, however, a legitimate workaround via macOS' dictation feature. Here's how to set it up:
If you are an avid WhatsApp user, you will be pleased to know that the popular messaging service has updated its app to work with Siri. With iOS 10, Apple opened up some of its apps to third party developers, allowing their apps to be accessed directly from native apps like Maps and Siri, thereby streamlining tasks such as ordering an Uber, reserving a table, sending a message, etc. WhatsApp is among the early adopters, which include other popular apps such as Uber, Lyft, Skype and OpenTable among others.
With iOS 10 Apple has finally given app developers access to Siri via SiriKit, which should lead to the digital assistant being a whole lot more useful in the near future. Uber is among the early adopters that have integrated their apps with Siri, allowing you to order your ride simply by saying "Hey Siri" rather than opening the app and tapping and typing away. In order to use this feature you will need the Uber app and an account, then you will need to set it up to work with Siri. Here's how: