iOS 11.2, released this morning, introduces SiriKit support for the HomePod, according to Apple. With SiriKit for HomePod now available, Apple is asking developers to make sure SiriKit-compatible apps are optimized for HomePod ahead of the device’s release.
SiriKit is designed to allow iOS and watchOS apps to work with Siri, so users can complete tasks with Siri voice commands. SiriKit is available for a wide range of apps on those two platforms, but its availability is slightly more limited when it comes to HomePod.
Third-party apps that use SiriKit Messaging, Lists, and Notes are compatible with the HomePod. Siri will recognize voice requests given to the [...]
Last year, PayPal launched within Facebook Messenger as a way for users to shop and complete payments directly through the messaging app. Today, the two companies are expanding the focus of this feature and opening up peer-to-peer payments for Facebook Messenger users who have linked their PayPal account to the app.
With a rollout starting today, Facebook Messenger users will be able to tap on the blue plus icon within the app, then select the green Payments button, and choose PayPal to send money. This functionality will work in one-on-one conversations, as well as in group texts. PayPal said this will make it easy to split a bill, pay rent, and more.
Apple today announced it will be opening two so-called „Mac Labs“ at the KM Music Conservatory’s campuses in the Indian cities of Chennai and Mumbai. The labs will teach students how to create music using Logic Pro X.
Apple also said it will fund 10 full time musical scholarships at the learning institution for students from underprivileged backgrounds.
Great to be in Mumbai w/ @KMMC_Chennai. Proud to be supporting @arrahman & investing in the futures of these talented musicians & students. pic.twitter.com/mU2GzPMNfc
— Eddy Cue (@cue) October 11, 2017
Apple’s services chief Eddy Cue [...]
Following last night’s leak of the golden master version of iOS 11, further details of features Apple plans to announce next week continue to be unearthed, including more hints about the new 3D animated emoji for iMessage.
Based on information in the iOS 11 GM firmware, the new „Animoji“, as they’re called, appear to be a feature exclusive to Apple’s so-called iPhone 8 and the phone’s new 3D sensing capability, enabling users to create custom 3D animated emoji based on facial expressions picked up by the camera.
As noted by developer Steve Stroughton-Smith, several Animoji will be available for customization using the iPhone [...]