What're the chances the next iMacs have exclusive Siri?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by blurb23, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. blurb23 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2007
    What do you think are the chances?

    Apple didn't bring Siri to the iPhone 4 to sell the 4S - do you think Apple could possibly do that with iMacs?

    Dictation is part of Mountain Lion, so it's logical to assume that Siri is the next step. Plus Macs (especially the iMac, with a constant power source) could have Siri constantly running, without having to worry about power consumption associated with having the mic always listening for the keywords.

    Only reason I asked is because I just recently bought an iMac - still in the return window, but I won't be by the time September 12th rolls around (assuming, of course, Apple does refresh iMacs then [even if it's a silent refresh]).
  2. szw-mapple fan macrumors 65816

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012

    Not likely but not impossible.
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    It is possible but would that really alter your decision to buy the newer machine over the older one you just bought?
  4. blurb23 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2007

    If it's a simple spec bump, meh, whatever.

    But if it's something spiffy and new like Siri, and I'm still within the return window such that I can essentially upgrade for no trouble at all, then absolutely. I bought my iMac from the Apple Store yesterday with only a 14 day return. If I go back and get one from Best Buy instead, then I'll have a 45 day return window.
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I guess I don't find Siri to be as spiffy as others. On the iPhone it is nice, but I don't know about sitting here using it on a desktop.
  6. comatory macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2012
    It is interesting idea, I can see the uses for that, especially integration with iTunes and Calendar would be cool.
    Trigerring Siri with clapping your hands or apple remote? Nice.
  7. Reaktor5 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2007
    New Hampshire, USA
    Am I the only one that mostly uses Siri to set a timer, reminder, or event in Calendar.app? Tedious tasks like this are where Siri shines for me.
  8. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000


    May 17, 2012
    I would not expect the next iMacs to have "exclusive Siri."

    I would expect if Apple decides to introduce Siri on the iMac it will come in the form of an OS update somewhere down the line.
  9. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Exactly. Why would we need a hardware update to introduce what's a software feature?
  10. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
  11. cvaldes macrumors 68040

    Dec 14, 2006
    somewhere else
    Actually, there is some noise reduction hardware that's specific to the iPhone 4S's A5 SoC.


    Would a Mac need dedicated noise reduction hardware for a device that's not typically used in variable noisy environments like a cellular handset? Maybe, maybe not.

    Could the noise reduction function be adequately duplicated in software? Maybe, maybe not.

    My guess is that there's a Siri-like assistant running on Macs in a locked lab somewhere on the Apple campus. Will the feature ever ship? Maybe, maybe not.

    However, we do know that Apple prototypes many different things and only a few make it to a store shelf in a shipping product.

    For Siri to be useful, it needs deep integration with the operating system, to control things like the calendar, e-mail, address book, iMessage/Facetime, iTunes, etc. It doesn't appear that OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion has these hooks (i.e., no one has found them) so even if the hardware was ready/capable, I'm not sure the software is.

    Most likely, it would come with a future major revision of OS X, like 10.9 (if ever).
  12. ivoruest macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2010
    I believe Siri will eventually come to all of Apple's devices. Maybe iPod not, but all of those which can handle iOS and ML and over...
  13. Razorhog macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2006
    I really don't know how much I'd use it. For some reason it seems like I'll use it a lot on my iPhone (upgrading from 4 to 5 soon), but I just don't know about talking to my computer. Depends on if anyone else is in the room I guess. :rolleyes:
  14. blurb23 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2007
    Maybe not while you're at it, but if you're playing music while laying in bed or cleaning or something, telling it to play a specific song or check the weather/your email could be pretty neat.
  15. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    Doubt it. I bet it'll be on the real Apple TV before any new Macs get it.

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