Siri for Mac said to be tentpole feature in upcoming OS X 10.12

BY Evan Selleck

Published 24 Feb 2016

Siri for Mac

While OS X 10.11.4 is still in its beta stages, looking ahead has some promising new features lined up, if a new report is to be believed.

Siri has become a tentpole feature for many Apple products, beginning with iOS devices, and eventually finding its way over to the Apple Watch and new Apple TV. Now, according to a report from 9to5Mac, Apple is finally bringing over its digital personal assistant to the Mac lineup. The launch is said to be planned along with the release of OS X 10.12 later this year.

This isn’t the first time a report like this has surfaced, of course. Back in 2013, it was rumored that Apple planned on bringing Siri to Mac with the release of OS X 10.9. And in 2014, a patent application detailed how Siri for Mac could be utilized. Indeed, the initial report indicates that Apple has been testing the feature for quite some time, and has finally decided its ready for a public release.

Apple is likely to show off Siri for Mac at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which should take place in June, when it unveils OS X 10.12 on stage.

The report adds that Siri for Mac will act a bit differently compared to how Siri is implemented on iOS devices, and it won’t be accessible as a swipe gesture on the trackpad like the Notification Panel on OS X. Instead, Siri for Mac will be available through the Menu bar. There will be a noticeable Siri icon up there, where voice-controlled actions can be taken whenever the user wants.

When the Mac is not connected to a power source, Siri will only be accessible by clicking on the aforementioned icon. From there, as mocked up in the image above, a semi-transparent pane will appear, with a visual indicator similar to what can be seen in other variants of Siri. However, when the Mac is connected to power, a “Hey, Siri,” feature will be available.

Siri’s arrival on Mac is a long time coming, and solidifies the digital personal assistant’s role in Apple’s lineup of devices. Are you looking forward to Siri for Mac?

[via 9to5Mac]