Apple reportedly working on Siri, Maps, for Mac with OS X 10.9

Apple reportedly working on Siri, Maps, for Mac with OS X 10.9

Apple is reportedly working on bringing Siri and iOS 6 Maps to the Mac in the forthcoming OS X 10.9. If accurate, this would represent part of the 3rd wave of Back to the Mac which have seen hardware and software innovations from iOS devices and iOS brought to Mac laptops and desktops to both improve feature sets and consistency between platforms. Mark Gurman from 9to5Mac reports:

Early builds in testing of the next-generation Mac operating system, OS X 10.9, point to Siri and Maps integration coming to Mac computers next year, according to our reliable sources.

As with the Back to my Mac event itself in 2010, and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion in 2011, it makes a lot of sense for Apple to keep leveraging assets between platforms. It's more efficient for them and more consistent for users.

While a lot of Siri and Maps' value come from being available on mobile devices, both would also provide huge benefits, including accessibility, on the Mac as well.

Plus, since Apple doesn't offer Maps on the web like Google does, and presumably won't any time soon, having Maps on OS X means locations shared from iOS will have a way to resolve on the Mac. Like iMessage, the functionality will become common between both of Apple's platforms. (Though, of course, with no-joy for Windows users.)

Given that Mountain Lion was previewed on February 16 of this year, there's a chance we could see the first real hints of OS X 10.9 in the next few months as well.

Now lets just hope someone at Apple is also working on getting iBooks ported over to the Mac. Because, damn.

Source: 9to5Mac

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Apple reportedly working on Siri, Maps, for Mac with OS X 10.9

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Will be interesting to see how useful Siri is on a Mac. Getting her started hands-free would be cool, but, presumably, you'd need to activate her with a click or key stroke.

Shouldn't they get those features workin right on the current platforms before jumping to a new one? Siri is borderline worthless - maps is worthless.

Getting them on Mac will help with current platforms... iOS6 Maps is already better than Google ever was on iOS because it offers turn by turn.... and iOS6 Maps is far from worthless. It is every bit as functional and useful as a Garmin Nuvi 765t in my use of both, side by side.

"iOS6 Maps is already better than Google ever was on ios" ....... That is purely your opinion and perspective on the current maps. If they meet your needs thats great but some folks myself included hold the Poi, level of detail, as well as street view in higher esteem which apple currently is far off from....

I also find it funny that Apple now does what Microsoft used to do and that is have their paying customers beta test their software.

Lets get out of beta before we start expanding to other platforms eh?

I not a big siri fan. I just dont use it too much. I find it very inaccurate and at times slow. Only time I use it is when I driving still sometimes it takes a minute to repond to my request.

Agreed. The only time it even remotely works for me is if I try and dictate a text or email response. Otherwise I might as well be speaking a different language if I ask her anything.

Makes total sense. Siri is going to be pretty big and the way to encourage adoption is to make sure that it's not just a mobile device thing. Eventually Apple's going to open up the API and hopefully that'll be across OS X and iOS and come with a more stringent vetting process.

Maps coming to OS X makes total sense. There are many apps that use maps on OS X (iPhoto being one) and having the same API across both platforms is ideal.

I don't have any problem with Siri but then again I speak English with proper diction. YMMV

I'd love to see somebody using their 27" iMac stuck to the windscreen for turn-by-turn directions. (o:

In all seriousness, I don't use Siri that often - she doesn't understand my Aussie accent too well. Maps would be good if Apple and/or Yelp could fix the discrepancies. Many restaurants and nudie bars showing in my area haven't existed since 2008.

Ya I would love to use Siri more often as it is awesome when it works. Especially when I'm driving. BUT, it only takes a couple of bad 5 min exchanges that end with me yelling at my phone and just performing the 5 second task manually to turn me off to it.