Date: Thursday, May 19th, 2016, 09:31
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Siri, Software
There’s nothing like a leaked icon and menu bar to let you know about something in development.
While rumors have indicated that Apple is developing Siri as a key feature for OS X 10.12, a new screenshot of the Siri app icon and menu bar suggest that Siri is closer than expected.
In the menu bar, there’s a simple Siri black and white icon that features the word “Siri” surrounded by a box, while the full dock icon is more colorful and features a colorful Siri waveform in the style of other built-in app icons. Clicking on either of the icons brings up a Siri waveform to give users a visual cue that the virtual assistant is listening for commands, much like on iOS devices when the Home button is held down.
Apple is also apparently working on a hands-free “Hey Siri” activation command, although the option seems to be disabled by default in the current developer builds. The “Hey Siri” option can be turned on in the Preferences menu.
Siri integration in the Mac is still in the early stages of development, but the assistant will presumably be able to answer many of the same queries and perform many of the same tasks it can on iOS devices – opening apps, conducting web searches, controlling HomeKit, sending text messages, reading emails, setting calendar events, and more.
Siri for OS X is far from complete and there’s a chance these icons could change. The Menu Bar icon appears to be a placeholder with a final design to come.
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is set to take place from June 13 to June 17 in San Francisco, with a keynote event scheduled for Monday, June 13th, where previews of OS X 10.12 and iOS 10 are expected to be shown.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.