Siri fo r Mac
Most Macs have a mic, but none of them yet have a digital assistant, and it’s time for that to change
Like Maps, Siri gets a bit of a bad rep on iOS, mostly from people who used the feature when it first appeared, decided (with some justification) that it was a bit rubbish, and haven’t tried it since. Today, Siri’s still a long way from an artificial intelligence, but can nonetheless quite gracefully perform certain tasks and grab bits of info, thereby saving you time and energy.
The Mac’s always been quite good at talking and listening, even if most of the options for doing so are buried in its Accessibility preferences, but it’s never had anything quite like Siri. You can dictate to your Mac, and even control the entire thing with your voice, but ask it what the weather’s going to be like on Wednesday or how QPR did at the weekend, and your Mac responds much as a Labrador might if you asked it to sing an aria.
But with Apple pushing Continuity and ensuring concepts work across its range of kit, Siri is surely a must for an upcoming revision of OS X. That said, if it does appear, we hope it’s blessed with a little intelligence regarding the device you’re currently using. The last thing we need is to say “Hey, Siri!” and have multiple Siris shouting all over each-other.
When Siri does show up
for Mac, we can ask it: “What took you so long?”