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Siri will finally be making its way to the Mac with OS X 10.12

Siri will finally be making its way to the Mac with OS X 10.12

All Things Mac
February 24, 2016

Siri is finally heading to the Mac. The ubiquitous personal assistant, which first appeared on the iPhone 4s in 2011, will apparently be a major feature of the upcoming OS X 10.12. That’s according to a new report from 9to5Mac.

The software should officially be announced at the annual WWDC sometime in June and could arrive to the public as early as this fall.

Living on the Menu Bar

According to the site, Apple is planning for Siri to be housed on the Mac’s Menu Bar, like Spotlight and the Notification Center. Users can select the icon to activate the feature.

Instead of a fullscreen overlay like on iOS devices or the Apple TV, Siri on the Mac may feature a dark and transparent interface on the top right corner of the screen. The site does note that Siri’s look could change before the summer.


Here’s how the Siri interface might possibly look, according to 9to5Mac.

Here’s more about how the feature will work on the Mac:

Siri on the Mac will have its own pane in System Preferences and users are said to also have the option to choose a keyboard shortcut for activating the service. Like with recent versions of iOS, users will be able to enable Siri at the first startup of OS X 10.12, according to sources. If the Mac running the new OS X version is plugged into power, a “Hey Siri” command will work much like with recent iPhone and iPad models.


In addition to the Siri introduction, the report says that the software will offer other minor tweaks, but will not be as substantial as what was featured in OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Last year’s OS X 10.11, El Capitan, mostly focused on performance improvements.

For other news today, see: Watch an animated biography of Steve Jobs on his birthday, Facebook expands on its Like button with Reactions, and Apple could claim freedom of speech in battle over iPhone 5c.

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