What you need to know
- Apple has confirmed it will ease restrictions on Siri support for third-party messaging.
- A software update later this year will improve functionality.
- News comes in response to Bloomberg story charting the rise of in-house software.
In a statement issued to Bloomberg today, Apple has confirmed that a software update later this year will loosen the restrictions on Siri support for third-party messaging apps.
In its story Bloomberg states:
This will mean that in future, if you ask Siri to send a message, it will default to the messaging app that you use the most, rather than defaulting to iMessage as is currently the case. The report from Bloomberg follows another Bloomberg story published this morning titled Apple's Default iPhone Apps Give It Growing Edge Over App Store Rivals , in which it documented how Apple's default, in-house software means consumers are "subtly coaxed and prodded into using this more-established software rather than alternatives".
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
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