Apple's Siri hints at upcoming Mac OS integration

Apple's Siri hints at upcoming Mac OS integration
In the past few months, many unofficial sources have claimed that Apple is planning to update Siri with Mac support, although trustworthy proof to support these claims was hard to find. Yesterday, however, it was discovered that Siri itself hints at Mac support if asked just the right question.

An Apple enthusiast called Brian Roemmele has discovered that telling Siri to "open settings in the window" can trigger an awkward response. In some cases, Siri says that it can't find the Finder app, which is a central part of the Mac user experience.

Although this is far from a head-on confirmation, Siri does seem to suggest that Apple is working to integrate its virtual personal assistant in the next version of Mac OS. 

Some rumors claim that Apple will talk about Siri for the Mac next week at the 2016 edition of the WWDC, the company's yearly developer conference. Even if this turns out to be the case, don't count on a final release happening until later this year when Apple is expected to introduce the next version of OS X. A beta release for early adopters, on the other hand, is definitely not out of the question.

We're definitely keen on learning more on this topic; in particular, we're interested in how Siri plans to cross-integrate actions across iOS and Mac OS X. From the looks of it, users will be able to interact with Siri on their iPhone or iPad and tell it to do something on the Mac. Sounds like an interesting feature for those who rock both an iOS device and a Mac OS X machine!

What do you guys think? Is anyone truly hoping for Siri to finally extend to the OS X platform?

Source: Brian Roemmele

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32 Comments

1. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

They see that the Windows new OS is killing their crap iPad OS with the surface line....It's about time they woke up and tried to make new inroads. Too bad they are following MS like they are also following Samsung....When the Surface phone launches they will again be behind the curve until they copy that too....lol It seems their days of innovating is over....I am guessing that some of you will think that they invented this blending of OS once it is up and running. I personally would love to see them innovate rather than copy, and sue the competition. I always have admired the Mac's and their technology...their problem is that they are too controlling for me... As a true techie that builds my own theatre PC's and I builkt a Server with 20 hard drive bays with so far 5of them filled with 4 terabyts HD's I would not be able to do this with MAC. I beleive that if they grasped the true roots of their beginnings that Apple can be a better company.

8. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Windows OS is crap.. and isnt killing the iPad, In fact iPad Pro ALONE outsold Microsoft's Surface tablet last quarter which really says something. I agree that tablet-laptop like the surface are the future.. i just don't see and the sale numbers don't show that the surface is the android, apple tablet killer. And Apple has stop innovating.. its a joke what apple is doing.. a real disappointment.

9. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Windows OS is many thing, crap is not one of them. Android and iOS took years to reach top position and gain that sale numbers. And every year Surface's popularity and market share is increasing. MS doesn't have the fanbase like Apple, main reason Surface is behind iPad (not so)pro.

20. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

One reason why Windows OS is better (Freedom isn't a option because you get more freedom with linux and don't counting specs, you also get a very larger degree of freedom with OS X)

15. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

yea, unfortunately MS doesn't have the BLIND following that Apple holds. most MS users can form their own opinions, and choose to use what works for them, not what they are told to use. that being said, how many business, or power users, grabbed an iPad Pro for work? not many. "i just don't see and the sale numbers don't show that the surface is the android, apple tablet killer." ^ the Surface isn't aiming to dethrone tablets. MS is creating a brand new category for this type of device, and it's blatant Apple is following suit with the iPad "PRO"...even though it runs iOS, and now Siri inside of OSX...come on. Companies are always inspired by others, but this is too obvious.

19. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

What makes Apple users blind? just because many don't need 8GB of ram and 4k display just to send a text and call their friends? LOL Most MS users don't have a clue when it comes to hardware or software often it all comes down to price.. Like it or not but you do have a lot of choice with a Mac for example and even more choice for linux.

27. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

Are you seriously suggesting that MS users know less about their hardware and software than Apple users? That might be the most outrageous claim I've heard all year. And please, please, please explain to me how you have more choice with Apple? Apple has very limited hardware options and only a small fraction of the software that's available on Windows, so what options are you talking about?

30. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

You're the only person thus far on this thread that isn't talking out of their behind. OSX is merely a niche. Paying an outrageous prices for outdated hardware just to be able to run OSX is as smart as buying an iPad Pro as a professional device. It's obvious that Apple users know something everyone else doesn't in terms of hardware and software if they're willing to pay $4,000 for a Mac Pro with 2014 technology.

32. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

The problem is people like you who cant see pass specs, Look at an iPhone.. it has 2010 specs yet its performance in speed tests and benchmarks and multitasking tests shows it either beats or comes extremely close to phones with massive specs. I was given a 2010 mac for work and what i found was 1) no windows creep 3 years on it had not slow down 2) specs were not an issue 3) i have yet encountered a major or significant program i couldn't get on mac

31. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Seriously where did i say MS users know less about heir hardware and software than Apple users? The majority of consumers know very little about their hardware and software when it comes to buying a phone or computer.. Hardware Apple is limited however programs you cant get on mac there are always quality alternatives.. however most major programs are available on mac and your wrong when you claim that a small fraction of programs are available for mac. Using a Mac for 4 years and i shave yet found a program i wasn't able to download because it was for windows only.

16. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

You are on crack the iPad pro is failing....sales are weak due to Surface pro eating their lunch. The Surface pro in it's short time is killing iPad sales period. In a short perod of time Apple only out sold Surface by 400,000. Look at iPad sales year overyear and see what happened after Surface pro launched. 2 million vs 1.6 million surface Pro's. If the price of the Pro was cheaper iPad sales would fall off a cliff period. The only thing keeping iPad sales a float is their cheap prices, which by the way is hyper inflated anyway....enjoy this while it last.

18. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Having your whole Surface line selling less than 400,000 than the "failed" iPad Pro isn't a sign that all things a good for the Surface Pro.. if anything, its a little embarrassing it wasn't able to beat the iPad Pro

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So what the iPad beats the Surface in sales? So! They aren't even the same category of buyers. People who buy Surface are smart and iPad buyers typically arent. The Surface is for PC buyers, not typical consumers. As far as Windows being crap? How many appscan an iPad open before it crashes? How many floating apps can you have? How many user account can the iPad have? Whe you guys can't argue facts, you just bring p xales. The iPad is an established device that has been selling for 6 years. I don't expect a single Windows tablet to outsell it. As far as the fools who bought? You counting the sales of 2 models where obviously the 9.7" would sell more people people just see it as an updated iPad. Alao, Apple shipped 2M iPad Pro while Microsoft shipped 1.6M of the Surface Pro 4. How many did each company sell to consumers who actually bought them? Bet you'd be surprised if you knew the facts. The facts show MS sold pretty much all of them as many found them very hard to find and shipping times were slow too. I couldn't even buy one from MS. I got mine off Amazon.

24. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"People who buy Surface are smart and iPad buyers typically arent.". Techie I get where you're coming from, I really do, but this statement is really insensitive and asisine. If you're going to generalize every person as though they are stupid because they buy products you don't, then you are no smarter than they are. The general population has made their choice, and it was the iPad. What gives you the right to judge anyone's intelligence when you make idiotic statements yourself?

26. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

I completely agree.. Surface is going to bite more into Laptops than Tablets. Like i said Surface should of shipped more than 2 mill.. im just not seen "huge" demand for it... sure its "new" but at this point the "larger screen" smart phone had ready made it..

23. mitchytan92

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Not saying iPad Pro is amazing or what but I am just disliking Microsoft's products lately. Microsoft's quality control is just terrible. -Inconsistence UI on Windows 10 for PC. I still don't get why Microsoft needs a modern UI "Settings" app and a classic UI "Control Panel". -Start menu refuses to open at times. My mum's computer start menu went so crazy that it refuses to open the start menu even after a restart. Only when I install the Nov update, it just somehow got fixed. -SP2 begins to have sleep issues on Win10, which results in battery drain when "sleeping". -Windows 10 upgrade tool stuck on preparing to update my Windows 7 laptop to 10. Reason? Not enough hard disk space but can't they pop up a message to alert me instead of just stuck there and expecting me to know? -Not sure if it is a bug but why is my Aeroplane mode button always lid up in the notification center even when I have WiFI on? -SP2 has a WiFi driver issue for a pretty long time that keep causing BSOD randomly. Microsoft simply doesn't give a damn about fixing it. Only a downgrade to older drivers seems to solve it as I heard. -Surface tablets always have static electricity issues whereby you get a bit of electricity shock when you touch the body of the tablet when charging. Is this even acceptable? -Surface tablet's wacom digitiser sucks in tracking at edges of the screen. But does not seems to be the case for Samsung's tablet (Using wacom as well)? Windows 7 and 8 seem to have lesser problems for me than the rushed out Windows 10.

28. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

That's unfortunate, but speaking as someone who supports MS products for a living I think you're in the minority having more problems with Windows 10 than 8. Also Apple have had a bad year for updates too, at least MS haven't released an update yet that made many users' devices completely unusable.

10. Unordinary unregistered

The only one following here is the Surface in sales, behind the iPad.

17. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

The price is the only thing causing the iPad to continually hold on. That being said the Surface line is eating iPad Pro's lunch. The surface line has only just been introduced inot the population. I bet if the price of the Surface Pro were equal to the iPad their would be a wide reversal of units sold in favor of the Surface Pro.

21. Unordinary unregistered

Eating? More like cheese and crackers. Nothing crazy. If your statement were true, the iPad Pro and the Pro 9.7 wouldn't be dominating sales.

29. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

iPad and iPad pro are older venues where as MS surface pro is the new kid on the block. iPad was dominating sales until MS surface tok a hughe chunk of sales out of their hides. Year over year iPad sales have declined and has been eroded by Surface pro sales. Drink some of this kool Aid with that pop corn, and crakers that you have been eating. http://arstechnica.com/apple/2016/04/slower-iphone-ipad-and-mac-sales-drive-apples-revenue-down-in-q2-2016/ https://www.thurrott.com/mobile/ios/62854/so-did-surface-really-outsell-ipad-in-october Not to mention in October they got handed a new ar$$$$E. They lowered their price to get sales and even now offering a back to school discount when school just ended rofl

2. rahul1999

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

What Apple needs to release is a tablet-laptop hybrid running OSX. Coz let's be honest, the pad's glory days are coming to an end...and personally I think tablets that run Mobile operating systems are useless.

25. mitchytan92

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

But having OSX apps on a touch screen tablet does not work well either.

3. mdg1019

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 12, 2016

Siri on OS X. Ok, um... Who would really care? If that's the best innovation Apple can come up with, it's time to call it a day and leave the playing field..

4. Jevon5

Posts: 60; Member since: Feb 15, 2016

I just want imessage for android.

13. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

And facetime.

5. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Agree or disagree its microsoft's effect!!!!! SURFACE - THE INNOVATION FUTURE NEEDED !!!

14. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Are you Martineverest or Navi?

6. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Agree or disagree its microsoft's effect!!!!! SURFACE - THE INNOVATION FUTURE NEEDED !!!

7. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Agree or disagree its microsoft's effect!!!!! SURFACE - THE INNOVATION FUTURE NEEDED !!!

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