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.