Apple is expected to announce the following yearly iteration of their desktop operating system OS X, version 10.12, at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Codenamed “Fuji” the following version of the Unix-based OS is planned to include a couple of minor interface changes to core system windows, however not about as significant as those made in past versions. The big change will be the addition of their controversial Siri to the desktop environment, bringing the digital assistant to all aspects of the Apple customer’s computing environment.
The implementation of Siri is said to differ than the one found on the iOS gadgets or on Apple Watch, with an icon for Siri set on the Menu Bar over the top similar to the Spotlight magnifying glass. Clicking this should activate a dark, transparent and familiar Siri interface across the upper right hand corner of the screen and turning on voice control. There should be an interactive set of colorful waves to give input to the user that Siri hears their commands, in spite of the fact that the last interface is still in testing and might yet change.
Siri will also have a pane in System Preferences which should allow users to set a keyboard shortcut to activate the service. Mac OS 10.12 users will have the alternative to enable Siri at first startup, much like iOS and when the computer is connected to an A/C power will respond to “Hey Siri” voice prompts without the need to activate first.
Siri on the desktop has allegedly been being developed since to 2012, and has been a much requested feature for Apple users who depend on the service on their iPhones, iPads, Apple Watchs and Apple TVs.