Attempts to get virtual voice assistant, Siri onto the MacBook have been revived with patent applications earlier this year in February made by Apple.
According to AppleInsider, the recently published patent application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office describes what looks to be an intelligent assistant for the Apple desktop that have similar features to that of Siri but is customized for OS X.
The report is 92 pages long and is for an “Intelligent digital assistant in a desktop environment” that is beyond Mac’s existing voice diction feature. The voice assistant will, like Siri on iOS devices, be able to process natural speech and text input to perform actions like completing tasks, inputting and retrieving data and conduct searches. The assistant would then perform tasks based on input by the user. The same system can function as a third hand, allowing users to interact physically with a mouse and keyboard while simultaneously performing a secondary task using their voice.
“Siri for Mac” has is quite similar to that of iOS but is activated using a special gesture on the mouse of keyboard and runs in the background. If users want to activate the feature, a simple “Hey, Siri” should do the trick. The features included in the patent are sending emails, finding videos or searching through Youtube as well as sorting files and folders.
However, we’re quite sure Siri for Mac won’t be rolling out with the new update since there is no word of it in the Yosemite beta preview. It would be a year or two before we see this patent materialize.