updated 12:46 pm EST, Wed March 5, 2014
May solve smartwatch interface problems
Apple is working to expand Siri's third-party app integration with the iWatch in mind, a new report says. Siri already interacts with some third-party apps, like OpenTable or Wolfram Alpha, but in every case so far the companies have had to forge deals with Apple. The new scheme would allow third-party integration without an expressly signed agreement.
That could be especially important for the iWatch, since widespread voice control would make the device more practical to use, much like Google Glass. A recurring problem with smartwatches is the limited space for a touchscreen or even dedicated buttons. If Siri was able to handle most if not all of an iWatch app's functions, some apps might be usable even in the middle of intense exercise.
The Information also states that Apple is developing a way of dynamically adjusting content on a device's display. If a person began running, for instance, that might register in a device's motion sensors, and automatically launch a fitness tracking app. Similar but more rudimentary support for this concept can be found in the iPhone 5s; the M7 motion co-processor can detect if a person is walking or driving, for instance, and change directions in iOS Maps accordingly.