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Siri set to lose long list of features this autumn

Posted July 29, 2021 | Mac



In a move that could lead to angry reactions from users and developers, Apple has quietly announced that a wide range of Siri interactions with both Apple and third-party apps will no longer be supported as soon as iOS 15 appears in the autumn.

This list of soon-to-vanish Siri functions includes common actions such as booking an Uber ride and finding photos.

MacRumors was first with the story, after spotting a new Apple support page called Deprecated SiriKit Intent Domains. This page notifies developers that after the release of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey and watchOS 8, “some SiriKit intent domains will be deprecated and will no longer be supported in all new and existing OS releases”.

As Apple explains, when a user makes a request that is no longer supported, Siri will reply that it cannot answer this question or execute this command.

Breaking the bad news

Developers do not need to update their apps, although Apple urges app makers to “update any promotional activities that highlight the functionality provided by these APIs”.

The changes will no doubt affect both users and developers who rely on Siri to improve the functionality of apps. For example, the ability to interact with the car radio, air conditioning and seat settings of a car via CarPlay has been removed in iOS 15.

Here is the full list of ‘deprecated’ functions:

CarPlay

  • Set audio source
  • Set climate settings
  • Set defroster settings
  • Set seat settings
  • Save profile
  • Set profile
  • Set radio station

Lists and Notes

  • Append to note
  • Create task list
  • Delete a task

Payments

  • Pay a bill
  • Search for bills
  • Transfer money (between accounts)

Photos

  • Search for photos
  • Start photo playback

Ride booking

  • List ride options
  • Request a ride
  • Query the status of journey
  • Cancel trip
  • Send trip feedback

Visual codes

VoIP calls

It’s not clear why Apple is removing the features introduced back in iOS 13, and the loss of some of the interactions will be frustrating and confusing for users. For example, you can no longer delete a task from a task list, but you can add one.

This limited functionality probably does not apply to Apple’s own Reminders app, but we still have to test it. Apple added several new Siri enhancements in iOS 15, including offline support, fast on-device processing, and screen context; none of the new features seem to directly affect any of the interactions that are being removed.

This article originally appeared on Macwelt. Translation by David Price.



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