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Apple’s next step to openness: Siri SDK

iOS giant under pressure to dismantle its walled garden as it moves to challenge Amazon in the voice-controlled home

Apple is taking slow but significant steps towards the inevitable – a more open iOS environment. Two years ago, it released over 4,000 new APIs (application programming interfaces) to open up aspects of iOS 8 such as the keyboard and TouchID to third party developers. Last year, it open sourced its Swift programming language, which could lead to cross-platform Android/iOS applications being easier to develop. And now, it is reported to be planning to make an SDK (software developers’ kit) for Siri, its voice-activated digital assistant.

This move would see

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