Apple’s upcoming iOS 14.5 update will allow users to select a default music streaming app for the first time.
It was already possible to ask Siri to play music on Spotify or other compatible music streaming service by adding “by Spotify” at the end of the voice command. With iOS 14.5 though, it looks like Apple wants to remove this aspect from the equation.
First spotted by a number of Redditors (via MacRumors), Apple’s iOS 14.5 update will add a feature that allows users to select a new default music streaming app. As multiple people have noted, the current iOS 14.5 beta has the feature available right now.
Reportedly, the first time you ask Siri to play something, it will present you with a list of streaming services installed and once you pick one, the assistant will default to it every time it’s asked to play music.
The same default settings should also be available to podcast players, while Apple already lets users select new defaults for email and web browsers.
All of this comes as Apple continues to be put under a microscope with relation to how its own apps have a unfair advantage compared to those offered by third party developers in the App Store.
Apple’s iOS 14.5 beta 1 is now in the hands of developers as well as those who are part of the public beta program.