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Is Apple Bringing Siri to Macs?

Apple debuted its Siri voice command software with iOS 5, the same version that saw the introduction of iCloud. Except for maybe backup, the main selling point of Apple’s evolving cloud service is cross-device synergy, and just about everyone who’s used it agrees it could be expanded and improved.

A recent filing with the US patent office details how Apple could integrate Siri with computers running OS X for everything from command processing to Siri-based voice control of programs like iTunes.

“A media playback application on a computer such as iTunes … may take an appropriate action in response to an uploaded voice command.” That’s a bit vague, but the application’s example brings it into focus.

Let’s say you’re listening to an old Wolf Parade album on your iPhone, and you ask Siri to recommend some similar artists. Instead of switching apps to let you browse on your iPhone’s screen, Siri could open an iTunes window on your iMac, with Divine Fits, Handsome Furs and other bands you probably already knew about if you listen to Wolf Parade.

While a comprehensive voice control feature-set would be awesome and probably attainable, it seems unlikely given the scope of this particular patent. It’s very much in Apple’s interest to point you to iTunes whenever possible; we’d be really surprised if Siri will help you search the Pirate Bay (or, God forbid, Spotify) for that band she just helped you discover.


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