Siri rumored to come to Mac in OS X 10.12 »

Mark Gurman, writing at 9to5 Mac, says Siri is coming to the next version of Mac OS X:

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.

I’m surprised it has taken this long for Siri to make the jump to OS X. Gurman’s report says:

Apple had been testing versions of OS X internally with Siri integration since at least 2012, but sources now say that Apple has a clear vision for Siri on the Mac along with a polished user-interface and is nearly ready to launch the feature publicly.

I’ve often thought about the UI Apple could use for Siri, and while I’m not thrilled about another icon in the upper-right corner of my screen, I think Siri makes more sense as a menu bar item then as part of Spotlight or Notification Center.

While I’m not sure I’ll be talking to my MacBook, I think Siri will be a nice addition to the Mac. The service has come a long way over the last couple of years, but I do think that the lack of a system for third-party apps to tie into Siri is going to become even more frustrating on the desktop. I guess we can cross our fingers that one day that’ll happen, too.