When Apple launched Siri with the iPhone 4S, "she" instantly became a household name. The internet buzzed, casual consumers took notice, and Apple used it to market the incrementally-upgraded handset for nearly a year. But those who have spent time with the personal assistant know that Siri is very much a beta product.
Though Siri's voice recognition is solid, and she does a few things well (like sending messages, setting reminders, and now booking dinner reservations), there's a lot that Siri can't do. One of the biggest omissions is an API to connect to third-party apps. Apple naturally wants to keep it simple, but until Siri accesses a wider variety of services and databases, she'll be filled with more future potential than present practicality.
There are, however, roundabout ways for third-party apps to play nicely with Siri. Starting in iOS 6, App Store apps can access Reminders (with user permission). This opens a variety of doors, including this nifty trick for creating shared shopping lists.
Though it isn't as popular as rival Grocery IQ, AnyList is a simple iOS shopping list app that has been updated to use Siri. The setup is easy:
That's it: now you can add items to your shared grocery list via Siri. So, say your significant other is on the way to the store; you want to add fun dip to the list, but you're occupied behind the wheel. Evoke Siri, and say "add fun dip to my grocery list." She will confirm the addition, and fun dip will appear in your shared grocery list.
Is this a groundbreaking revolution that will rock your world? Probably not. But, in addition to showing more of Siri's true potential, this is a handy tip that wasn't even possible a few days ago.
As Siri gradually evolves, what are the features you're most waiting for? Greater comprehension? Spotify or Rdio integration? Sound off in the comments!
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