Apple reportedly working on bringing Siri to the Mac

– Rumors have indicated Siri integration will be one of the key features coming in OS X 10.12, and new screenshots of a Siri menu bar and Siri app icon suggest Apple is indeed working on bringing Siri to the Mac in its 2016 operating system update, MacRumors said.

The screenshots were shared with MacRumors by a source who has provided reliable information about Apple’s software plans in the past.

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.

In addition to accessing Siri through these two buttons, a hands-free “Hey Siri” activation command is also supported. “Hey Siri” is an option that’s disabled by default at the current time, but it can be turned on in the Preferences menu, MacRumors says.

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. WWDC is set to take place from June 13 to June 17, with a keynote event scheduled for Monday, June 13.