Siri could finally be ready to hit OS X with this year’s 10.12 Fuji release

Voice-powered virtual assistants may no longer be the headlining, phone-selling features they were just a few years back, but that’s not because we didn’t love the heck out of them. Far from it, and instead their near-ubiquitous availability on mobile devices has rendered them a bit normalized – at this point we’d only really be paying attention if they suddenly stopped working so well. But while they may have their mobile game on lock, there’s still progress to be made on the less ambulatory side of things, like we’ve seen with Cortana’s move to the PC, or Siri coming to last year’s Apple TV refresh. Now we’re learning more about the next step in this direction, with rumors claiming that Apple is going to make Siri the big focus of this year’s OS X 10.12 release.

OS X 10.12 Fuji will reportedly bring a Siri icon to the Mac’s screen-top menu bar. Clicking that icon would pull up an animated “listening” interface as Siri processed user input.

For desktop Mac systems, or laptops operating on AC power, Siri would supposedly support an always-on listening mode, responding to “Hey Siri” prompts.

With no other big features rumored for Fuji, Siri support could easily be the highlight of a platform release otherwise focused on usability and performance tweaks.

Apple’s expected to announce OS X 10.12 at WWDC 2016, followed by a public release sometime this fall.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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