Does Siri for Mac signal the end for the Mac Mini?

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  1. Nospig macrumors member

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    No mic, no speakers, can't run Siri, it's over for the Mini.
     
  2. dogslobber macrumors 68020

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    The Mini has an internal speaker so Siri can talk all she wants.
     
  3. Ray Brady macrumors 6502

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    And remember the AppleTV doesn't have a mic either, but it can still use Siri via the remote.
     
  4. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

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    Maybe a redesigned Mini will have those features. But all models do not have to have all features. The Mini will not live or die based on Siri capability until (or more likely "if") Siri becomes a major interface method.
     
  5. Larry-K macrumors 68000

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    Maybe it's over for Siri.
     
  6. Nospig thread starter macrumors member

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    Certainly is for me, never used it on iPad after the first day, never will on a Mac.
    Maybe Apple are so excited about Siri on Mac they will give us a new powerful Mini to run it on!
     
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  8. inkahauts macrumors regular

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    I love Siri. Makes doing a lot of little things easy.

    Realistically don't/can't mac and third party monitors have mics and cameras to connect with your Mac mini solving this "issue". Just sayin...
     
  9. mildocjr macrumors 65816

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    Mac Mini is the go to Apple server at the moment because it doesn't have a display, probably won't be included or at the very least it can't be that hard to machine a new hole in it with a microphone.
     
  10. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Mac Pro doesn't have a mic either. I doubt they will obsolete models for not having mics. Far more likely that Siri will just require a mic. Same thing with Cortana on Windows. Many Windows PCs don't have mics either, so they simply don't use Cortana.

    I think all Macs have a speaker, they need it to play the startup bong.
     
  11. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    I don't think it will be the end for the Mac Mini. I imagine that Siri might be allowed to work if connected to an external mic and speakers. If there isn't one present, the feature might be automatically disabled.

    Additionally, if Apple ever decides to update the line again, they may build a mic into it for Siri - same thing for the Mac Pro.
     
  12. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

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    The Mac mini is marketed toward bringing in customers from other operating systems, namely Windows, that don't want to pay for an iMac. Since those folks already own a mouse, keyboard and monitor, it just makes sense to cut their teeth on a Mac mini. I wouldn't even be on OS X right now if it weren't for the Mac mini. The Mac mini isn't going anywhere.
     
  13. OLDCODGER macrumors 6502a

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    Drat it!
     
  14. Larry-K macrumors 68000

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    That's why there's a mute.
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    Yeah, nothing a "Pro" wants more than a half-witted, pseudo AI nagging them all day.
     
  15. OLDCODGER macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed, but that mutes my wakeup and medication alarms, also. Can't have that, so no Siri for me. (nagging wife is possibly more acceptable in this case)
     
  16. grcar Suspended

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    Hi, this is Siri. We know where you are. We are scheduling a drone strike...
     
  17. gmm421 macrumors newbie

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    I think they need to combine the mac mini and the Apple TV.
     
  18. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68020

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    By this logic, the Mini would have been dropped with the introduction of iChat or FaceTime.
     
  19. inkahauts macrumors regular

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    Heck with Siri on their desktops and laptops they could easily create a closed captioned Siri that wouldn't require a mic or speaker. May seem slightly backward but... For deaf and mute people or even just hard of hearing it'd be great. Also great for a laptop in a business meeting etc. basically like notices are done now...turn spotlight search into Siri officially.
     
  20. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

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    No one mentioned Apple's IR remote than can be repurposed with a mic.
     
  21. !!! macrumors 6502

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    I'll just use my iPhone's earbuds, like when I listen to music, or even use OS X's dictation.
     
  22. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

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    I hope Siri for Mac means a way to permanently disable Siri so it doesn't take up system resources.
     
  23. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    How do you repurpose Apple's IR remote with a mic?
     
  24. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

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    Use the AppleTV remote :)
     
  25. Nospig thread starter macrumors member

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    What's your problem with Siri? I love the idea. Now I will be able to switch off my music, ask Siri to add an appointment to the calendar, open calendar, edit 'purple pineapple monkey pants' to 'Susan - cut & colour', switch music back on. Now that's progress.
     

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