Apple on Monday kicked off itswith a , including devices, and . It also introduced in the smart home sphere. You'll soon be able to use Siri to control your Apple TV (via a HomePod Mini) and your can be paired as stereo speakers.
But potentially even more significant is Apple's decision to. Smart home device maker Ecobee announced it will be the first to bring built-in Siri voice capabilities to a smart thermostat, specifically its flagship .
Ecobee's SmartThermostat with Voice Control has a built-in Alexa speaker and already supports Apple HomeKit as well as Google Assistant if you have a separate compatible smart speaker or display. This update is designed to expand Ecobee's existing HomeKit integrations by adding built-in Siri capabilities.
The thermostat company says folks with a SmartThermostat with Voice Control who also have either aor a HomePod Mini can speak to Siri from their smart thermostat using a standard "Hey, Siri" command. This update is supposed to work on both existing and new SmartThermostats with Voice Control.
It's less than ideal that you need an Apple smart speaker for the built-in Siri portion to work. But, as always, we'll test it out to see if the update adds any value to the SmartThermostat with Voice Control.