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Siri, find me someone to port you to Mac

MacRumors is reporting that Sir may be coming to OS X 10.9; the next major version of of OS X. The site claims that they have been seeing builds of OS X 10.9 in their site logs since November, which corresponds to when the first rumors of Siri coming to the Mac emerged.

A job posting (hat tip to AppleInsider) on Apple’s website has reinforced the reports that Apple will be building Siri into the next version of OS X. The job opening is described as “Siri UI Engineer”, and that credentials for the job include “Familiarity with Linux, especially Mac OS X” and a “Passion for the Macintosh platform and writing simple, elegant software that is easy and fun to use.”

The posting makes no mention of iOS other than development APIs. The person hired for this position will be tasked with implementing the content that fills Siri’s conversational view, and will be required to collaborate with other Siri teams.

I would wager that we will be hearing something regarding OS X 10.9 in the next month or two. Early last year Apple previewed Mountain Lion, and since their 2011 announcement, the company said their release cycle would resemble the way they push out a new version of iOS each year. I wonder if we will hear about Siri during the developer preview or if it is reserved as one of the major new features that is announced closer to launch?

Now seems like the time for Apple to roll out Siri on the Mac. Apple started slowly by introducing it as an iPhone 4S-only feature. Then they expanded it to iPad and iPhone 5 as time went on. This was presumably so the new feature, which is powered by Apple’s servers, wasn’t overrun by it’s wide user base. Last year’s Mountain Lion would have been too early, and this year’s 10.9 release almost seems a little late. We will see soon enough.


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  • I think (after having spent quality time with both) I would much prefer someone to port Google Now to Mac. It’s a LOT faster, provides more accurate information, and Google’s voice transcription is light years (ok maybe just a couple years) ahead of what Apple is doing.

  • Jail break your device, and NowNow, and use Google Now on your iPhone instead of Siri

  • camelsnot

    siri useless.

  • I know that Siri certainly has its flaws, but after giving Google Now several shots over the last four months, I honestly fail to see what all the fuss is about. I guess its usefulness depends a great deal on where you live and how much you are into Google. I find that it really doesn’t do much of anything for me in the medium-sized city that I live in. The traffic info is far less useful than Waze, which doesn’t require a high number of data points to provide an accurate picture of what’s going on, so I rarely get reminders to leave for a meeting or event that have any meaning. (To be fair, I don’t use Apple Maps for this, either. It’s just as inaccurate, but it does include info from Waze) Also, there isn’t much public transportation to speak of here, so that piece is useless, as well. It gives me reminders of Grizzlies games, but the ESPN app already does that, and also includes College sports, which Google omits for some reason. The local events listings are nice, but again, that’s information that I can find in a lot of different places. I guess package tracking from Gmail would be very handy, if it could be made intelligent enough to keep the card on display until the package is actually delivered. Mine always disappear before delivery, when I actually would like them to be there.

    I could see how it would be much more valuable in a major city, where traffic will be more accurate thanks to a greater number of users, and where public transportation is more widely available. Unfortunately, smaller metro and rural areas don’t benefit from any of this. As such, I rarely look at Google Now at this point. It never has more than 2 or 3 cards for me, populated by information that I either already know, or that isn’t totally accurate.

    The biggest issue for me with Google Now is that you have to be totally immersed in Google in all phases of your digital life to get much out of it. I use Exchange at work, so it can’t see everything in Android I’m doing unless I limit how I use it (Android naively syncs with a single Exchange calendar). This isn’t an option for me at work because we use multiple calendars, some of which are shared. One benefit of Apple and Siri in this regard is that, because ALL third party calendar events are accessible in iOS either through CalDav or Exchange, Siri can notify you of any of them when you ask it to. I actually find it kind of funny that Apple, with all of its platform lockins, does a better job of parsing outside PIM information out of the box than Google, with its more open strategy.

    I don’t use Google’s voice transcription much, but I know that it is really good. However, I’ve actually had a lot of success with Apple’s, as long as I am on WiFi or cell signal is good. I hear people complain a lot more about Siri than transcription. It isn’t really Apple’s, though. They just license voice transcription tech from Dragon.

    Initiating dictation through Siri has limited usefulness, since it tends to cut off messages if you have any pauses in your speech. It’s only good for very short messages. However, using the mic button works very well for me. I have transcribed large sections of text for email or articles with few network problems. It would be nice to have it offline, like current versions of Android do, though. When Apple moves Siri and Voice Transcription to the Mac, that seems like a perfect time to test offline transcription.

    I guess this all depends on what you like and what you are used to. I got used to Siri early on after its release, so I know its quirks and how to get the most out of it. Because of that, I am very comfortable using it for certain things that I need. I actually feel the same way about Google Now that many others feel about Siri. It didn’t knock it out of the park right away, and hasn’t been incredibly reliable for me, so my interest waned pretty quickly. Since it doesn’t fit where I live and what I use it for as well as Siri does, I don’t see that changing any time soon.