As if September wasn't already exciting enough — pumpkin spice season is almost upon us, and I refuse to let anyone make me feel bad about my autumnal sugar fix — it's also the month in which Apple is scheduled to officially launch the latest (and presumably greatest) operating system update. Among other changes, there are all sorts of new things Siri can do in iOS 10, many of which allow you to use the voice-activated personal assistant in third-party apps. Hey Siri, can you add a praise hands emoji?
At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, Apple announced that it would open Siri up to third-party developers. Although Siri has already been integrated in a limited way with apps like Yelp and Twitter, Apple has big expectations for the fate of its voice assistant after the update. "For the first time, developers can build on the intelligence Siri offers and let users interact directly with apps using just their voice," the company said in a press release earlier this summer.
It looks like iOS 10 will allow Siri to work with the apps people use regularly, rather than just the ones designed by Apple. Not every app is going to be voice activation-ready right out of the gate, but Apple has already named several that should integrate with Siri when iOS 10 becomes officially available this month. (It's already in beta testing, if you want to try it out.) Here are six new ways to use Siri with the upcoming operating system:
1. Call A Rideshare
For those days when you're too lazy to open your phone on your way out the door, Siri can take care of calling a ride for you. According to Apple, iOS 10 will integrate Siri with Lyft, Uber, mytaxi, and Didi Chuxing, so you can ask her to book a ride. The best part? According to Tech Crunch, you don't have to memorize specific commands for Siri to understand you.
2. Search Pinterest
If you have the Pinterest app, you'll be able to search your saved boards. Just ask her to find a specific idea, and Siri will open the app for you. (Whether she understood your request is a different story altogether.)
3. Make Payments
If you use Square Cash or Monzo, both of which are payment apps, you can just holler at Siri to send your friend money when you forget to pay them back. (Venmo, unfortunately, doesn't appear to be Siri-ready yet.)
4. Search Photos
The new iOS doesn't just allow Siri to search Pinterest photos; it's already been extended to apps like Vogue Runway and Pikazo, an artsy photo-editing app. Presumably, other photo-related apps will also integrate with Siri as more developers get their hands on iOS 10.
5. Send Messages
Siri has been able to send text messages for a long time, but soon, you'll be able to use Siri to message through WhatsApp and LinkedIn as well.
6. Use Skype
If FaceTime isn't your thing, you'll be able to use Siri to make calls through Skype. Clearly, the future is a lazy person's dream.