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OS X 10.12 will bring Siri to your Mac, rumor says

by Jacob Kleinman | February 24, 2016February 24, 2016 10:00 am PDT

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Siri is finally coming to your Mac! A new report from 9to5Mac claims that Apple’s next major OS X release will bring Siri to its computer operating system after expanding the virtual assistant to the Apple Watch and Apple TV last year.

OS X 10.12 is expected to make it debut at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June, where we should get a first look at the new interface. The company has apparently been developing a version of Siri for Mac since as early as 2012, but until now it wasn’t ready for a public release.

The new version of Siri will pop up in the top right corner of the screen thanks to a new button right next to the current Spotlight magnifying glass. Clicking the Siri button will automatically launch the voice-controlled assistant while also turning on your computer’s microphone. Apple may also include a keyboard shortcut and a “Hey Siri” voice command that only works when your computer is plugged in.

The design also includes colorful sound waves, though it’s possible some smaller details could still change before the official unveiling. You’ll be able to turn on the feature the first time you bootup your Mac after upgrading to OS X 10.12.

The OS X update may also include a few smaller tweaks, but overall it’s not expected to be a huge change. Apple may also put an emphasis on improving performance behind the scenes, but Siri for Mac should give the company’s fans a flashy reason to upgrade their computers.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...