Siri features we'd like to see

By Lex Friedman, Dan Moren, Macworld |  Networking, Apple, iPhone

Third-Party Integration: We'll admit, this request is a trickier one. For Apple to truly allow third-party developers to integrate their apps with full-blown Siri support won't be simple. You'd need a system for determining which apps should handle specific requests. For example, if you said "Check me in here," should Siri hand that request off to the Foursquare or Facebook app on your phone? And if you want to change which app handles such requests later, then what do you do? These are solveable problems, though it's understandable that Apple will almost surely choose to tread lightly if it goes down this path. But you only need think of the convenience of asking Siri by how much the Red Sox are beating the Yankees to get the idea of how great this integration could be.

More Appless Third-Party Integration: Siri users already benefit from its integration with services like Yelp and Wolfram Alpha, even if they don't have their apps installed. Surely there are more services Apple should add: OpenTable for making reservations at the restaurants Siri finds, a movie showtimes service, a TV programming guide, and, of course, integration with WebMD for all the medical needs that Dr. House just can't cover—"Yes, Siri, I know it's not lupus."

Media Savvy: While Siri's advantage over iOS's earlier Voice Control feature is clear when it comes to playing back music—for example, Siri can summon a particular song, not just an album, artist, or playlist—there's still room for improvement. For example, tell Siri to play a track and it will graciously oblige, but once that song's over, the music will simply die. Instead, let us tell Siri to play a song and then shuffle music onwards from there. And while we're at it, why doesn't Siri understand a command like "Play the latest episode of the Sesame Street Podcast"? Is it making some sort of judgment about our podcast-listening habits?

TV Talk: We all enjoy screaming at our TV every once in a while, whether it be because we're watching our favorite sports team do something stupid or because that idiot insists on checking out that mysterious noise int he basement. What if we could channel that vocalization into something productive? Like telling Siri to mute our Apple TV when the phone rings. Or using it to search for a title on Netflix or the iTunes Store without having to rely on slowly entering text with an Apple Remote. Or telling it to play the latest episode of a podcast. The iPhone already makes a great Apple TV accessory; letting Siri into the mix would make a good thing even better.

Staff writer Lex Friedman and senior associate editor Dan Moren talk to Siri as often as they speak to each other.


Originally published on Macworld |  Click here to read the original story.
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