APPLE WATCH USERS will soon be able to yell at their wrists to order an Uber, because it's 2017.
That's according to new developer documentation released by Apple this week which touts SiriKit for third-party apps as one of the new features set to arrive in watchOS 3.2.
Added SiriKit functionality means that Apple Watch owners will soon be able to interact with certain third-party apps, such as Uber and WhatsApp, by barking at their wrist - more convenient, but perhaps more shameful, than prodding around the wearable's pokey touchscreen.
Not all apps will be able to take advantage of this added third-party Siri integration, though. At launch, it will only be available to those in select domains: messaging, payments, ride booking, workouts, calling and searching photos.
"watchOS 3.2 includes SiriKit. Users can ask Siri on their Apple Watch to book a ride, send a message, make a payment, or make other requests that your app can handle," Apple advises developers in its official notes.
"Apps that provide services in specific domains can use SiriKit to make those services available through Siri on watchOS. Making your services available requires creating one or more app extensions using the Intents and Intents UI frameworks.
Apple's incoming watchOS update will also include a new feature called Theatre Mode that will stop a users' Apple Watch from lighting up or making noise when in the cinema, for example.
"Theatre Mode lets users quickly mute the sound on their Apple Watch and avoid waking the screen on wrist raise. Users still receive notifications (including haptics) while in Theater Mode, which they can view by tapping the screen or pressing the Digital Crown," Apple explains.
watchOS 3.2 hasn't yet been released to developers, so it's unclear when Apple plans to roll it out to the public. µ
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