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.
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