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With Siri coming to OS X, Apple is finally making the Mac exciting again

Published Feb 24th, 2016 11:00PM EST
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While Siri on the iPhone has improved dramatically over the past five years, Apple’s intelligent personal assistant has remained conspicuously absent on the Mac, a curious omission given that Apple had no problem implementing Siri on both the Apple Watch and the recently released Apple TV.  With the next release of OS X, however, Siri will finally be available across the entirety of Apple’s product line.

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According to a new report from 9to5Mac, Siri is slated to debut as one of the flagship features on OS X 10.12 later this year. Hardly a feature Apple has ignored, the report notes that Apple has been testing Siri on the Mac for three years in order to get the functionality and implementation just right.

As for how it will work, there will be a Siri icon in the OS X menu bar that will spring into action when clicked. Further, users will also be able to configure keyboard shortcuts to beckon Siri. Not only that, but Macs connected to a power source will be able to use the “Hey Siri” command that initially launched with the iPhone 6s this past fall.

When a user clicks the Siri button, a dark, transparent Siri interface will appear in the top right corner of the screen… This interface will feature colorful sound waves to indicate speech input. The interface design in testing is not finalized and may still change before the summer introduction, according to sources.

Given how the iPhone has understandably been Apple’s main focus in recent years, it’s nice to see the company’s Mac lineup finally getting some attention. While Apple has certainly bestowed OS X with new features over the past few years, it’s been quite awhile since we’ve seen an OS X upgrade that one could reasonably categorize as “exciting.” To be sure, OS X Yosemite and OS X El Capitan were solid upgrades, but they didn’t quite move the needle as far as compelling new features were concerned.

With word that the Mac is finally getting Siri support, one can only hope that Apple is finally devoting resources towards making its Mac lineup more attractive. While spec upgrades are nice, there’s no replacement for a compelling software update capable of truly taking advantage of all of that souped up processing power.

Yoni Heisler Contributor

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 15 years. A life long Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW. When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.