This is the seventh post in a 12 part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year. This series is being written with the help and input of my two best friends, Jessica and Jocelyn Gladysz.
For the seventh request of Christmas, we ask Apple to give to us:
7. An Expanded Siri for watchOS
When the Apple Watch came out, the watch's capabilities were pretty limited. With the release of watchOS 2 this fall, more kinds of apps were allowed to be developed for the watch and its usefulness has increased as a result. However, although the Apple Watch is a great device, there is still a lot of room for Apple to increase the functionality watchOS provides. One are where we feel the watch still has a long way to go is in making full use of Siri. While we understand that the Apple Watch interface is supposed to sport a minimal number of onscreen controls to keep navigation simple, we feel Siri's functionality should not be limited as a result. Take for example the scenario where a user needs to change or cancel an appointment on their calendar. While Siri can create calendar appointments, it cannot change or delete them on the Apple Watch, instead directing users to use their iPhone instead. If Apple were to expand Siri for watchOS, it could increase the usefulness of the Apple Watch without cluttering up its interface and this is exactly what we are asking for.
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