Bloomberg reviews that Apple will open up Siri to third-party messaging apps with a software program replace later this yr. Third-party cellphone apps will probably be added later. In line with Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman:

When the software program refresh kicks in, Siri will default to the apps that folks use continuously to speak with their contacts. For instance, if an iPhone person at all times messages one other particular person by way of WhatsApp, Siri will routinely launch WhatsApp, reasonably than iMessage. It’s going to resolve which service to make use of based mostly on interactions with particular contacts. Builders might want to allow the brand new Siri performance of their apps. This will probably be expanded later to cellphone apps for calls as nicely.

As Gurman notes, the corporate’s change in method comes as Apple is dealing with scrutiny over the aggressive implications of its twin position as app maker and App Retailer gatekeeper within the US and elsewhere.

It’s fascinating that the replace is a Siri-only change. Customers will nonetheless not have the ability to substitute Messages with WhatsApp or Cellphone with Skype as their default messaging and cellphone apps as an illustration, however it strikes me as a step in the correct course and a change that I hope results in broader customization choices on iOS and iPadOS.