Apple apparently seems to be working on opening up Siri, its voice driven personal assistant, to third party iOS applications. This improvement in services is believes to be tied closely to the development of an anticipated “iWatch.” Additionally, the company’s efforts are focused on allowing Siri to point users to third-party applications according to a recent report by The Information.

According to the report:

The technology being developed at Apple can also be applied to determine what app to show a user when they have limited screen space, as they would when using a smartwatch the company has been developing, according to people familiar with the effort. If a user starts running, for example, Siri might show them a fitness app that could help them track their workout while moving other apps into the background.
The report suggests that voice controls will play an important part in Apple’s anticipated wrist-worn accessory. Previous rumors have suggested Apple’s device will also be focused on biometric feedback, providing users with health and fitness data obtained from the wrist. Those claims have been bolstered by the fact that Apple has hired a number of experts from the medical sensor field. Even Apple itself has fueled speculation as the company filed for ownership of the “iWatch” trademark in a number of countries around the world last year.

Speculation has pegged the launch of the smart watch to occur in late 2014 but we’ll just have to wait and see if the rumors turn out to be true.

Source: The Information