Siri in iOS

Siri for Mac reportedly coming this autumn

Siri can be used to dictate e-mail in iOS. Image: PCWorld

25 February 2016

Apple put Siri, its voice-activated personal assistant, in the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV, but not the Mac – possibly because OS X already has a dictation feature. That’s about to change according to a report in 9to5Mac which says Apple will announce the arrival at Siri as part of OS X 10.12  at the annual World Wide Developers Conference in June. The next version of the Mac operating system is likely to get a public release in the autumn.

So how will Siri on the Mac work? Kind of like Spotlight search, in that a Siri icon will sit in the menu bar until you need to use it. Click it and a transparent overlay will pop up in the top right of your screen with the same colorful waves you see on your iPhone screen, which indicates that Siri can hear you speaking. If your Mac is plugged in, you’ll be able to say ‘Hey, Siri’ and get a response without clicking.

It’s unclear exactly why Apple waited so long to bring Siri to OS X but, according to 9to5Mac, the company may not have had a good idea of what it would be useful for or what the interface should look like. Those problems have reportedly been resolved.

IDG News Service

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