Starting with Siri, Apple has announced that it is adding support for soccer information in Brazil, Russia, Denmark, Finland, Malaysia, Turkey, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. That is in addition to the 26 countries that already support asking Apple’s digital personal assistant for sports scores and other pieces of data, including team rosters.
Apple highlights these questions you can ask Siri now:
- When does France play Australia?
- What teams are in group A?
- Who is on the England squad?
- Who won the Argentina-Iceland match?
Moving beyond Siri and to the App Store, Apple has confirmed that the editors will be picking apps and games from their “favorite football stars”, and even offer up tips and hints on how to take great photos for soccer matches. Here is how the Apple TV plays into the festivities, too:
“The Apple TV App on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV is the single destination to find and watch the TV shows and movies you love. In the US and Canada, where the Sports feature is available, Apple TV App users will be able to keep track of all the action on FOX NOW in the US; and TSN and RDS, Bell Media’s English and French-language apps in Canada. Fans can favorite teams and follow their matches in Up Next, and receive notifications on their Apple devices when their team is playing or a game is close.”
Finally, users in the US and Canada will be able to take advantage of the Sports feature in the TV app, allowing you to watch live games and be notified when a specific team is playing or a game is close. The World Cup kicks off Thursday, June 14, at 11am EST.