Video: Apple Patent Details A Siri For Mac That Acts As A Virtual “Third Hand”
By Clip Syndicate
Apple has a new patent application published by the USPTO today which details a desktop incarnation of its Siri virtual assistant. The iOS Siri software has long been something observers have expected to make the jump to OS X, but so far, only its voice dictation component has crossed the virtual divide. Now, this patent articulates in great detail how Siri on the Mac might work, which could mean it’s closer than ever to becoming a reality. Siri would be able to field questions and respond to commands in the same way it can on iOS, but because the desktop is a different beast with more computing power and different interaction standards, it can also do a lot of other things per the patent. For example, it could use the cursor position to inform how it handles any commands it’s given by a user – so it’ll apply a copy command to a photo the mouse is hovering over, for instance. It could also sort and organize files and folders in Finder, drag and drop files from one app to another, and so on.