Siri for Mac’s Colorful Waveform Dock Icon Revealed Ahead of OS X 10.12 Unveiling

Rumors have indicated Siri integration will be one of the key features coming in OS X 10.12, and new screenshots of a Siri menu bar and Siri app icon suggest Apple is indeed working on bringing Siri to the Mac in its 2016 operating system update. The screenshots were shared with MacRumors by a source who has provided us with reliable information about Apple's software plans in the past.

In the menu bar, there's a simple Siri black and white icon that features the word "Siri" surrounded by a box, while the full dock icon is more colorful and features a colorful Siri waveform in the style of other built-in app icons. Clicking on either of the icons brings up a Siri waveform to give users a visual cue that the virtual assistant is listening for commands, much like on iOS devices when the Home button is held down.

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In addition to accessing Siri through these two buttons, a hands-free "Hey Siri" activation command is also supported. "Hey Siri" is an option that's disabled by default at the current time, but it can be turned on in the Preferences menu.

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Siri integration in the Mac is still in the early stages of development, but the assistant will presumably be able to answer many of the same queries and perform many of the same tasks it can on iOS devices - opening apps, conducting web searches, controlling HomeKit, sending text messages, reading emails, setting calendar events, and more.

Because work on Siri is far from complete, there's a chance these icons could be tweaked between now and when the feature is introduced as part of OS X 10.12 at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. The Menu Bar icon in particular looks like it could be a placeholder icon, with a finalized design, perhaps depicting a microphone or waveform, to come in the future. Apple has also been known to shelve expected features at the last minute if work is not complete and up to the company's standards.

WWDC is set to take place from June 13 to June 17, with a keynote event scheduled for Monday, June 13, which is where we'll see our first glimpse of OS X 10.12 and iOS 10.

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Top Rated Comments

edc22 Avatar
80 months ago
If Steve Jobs was alive he'd be screaming in his grave right now.
why would he be in a grave if he was alive?
Score: 288 Votes (Like | Disagree)
decimortis Avatar
80 months ago
"Siri, open Safari."
...
"I'm having trouble locating Jafar E."
Score: 149 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rogifan Avatar
80 months ago
Cue all the complaints about the icon and how Steve is rolling in his grave...

Make Siri better that should be higher priority instead of porting it to other OS's .. Instead, let's spread less-than-mediocre across the whole line. PC makers have their bloat ware, Apple has this I guess o_O
So Siri is bloatware now?

I swear Apple could announce a zero bezel phone with 5 day battery life and people here would complain about it. :rolleyes:
Score: 50 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nick A Avatar
80 months ago
This is so ridiculously late. Siri should've been implemented into OSX on 10.7 or 10.8, 4 years ago. Now they'll brand it as a killer feature.. I really don't understand Apple anymore.
Score: 44 Votes (Like | Disagree)
runmachine Avatar
80 months ago
If Steve Jobs was alive he'd be screaming in his grave right now.
yeah, he'd be buried alive.......
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SuchInnovation Avatar
80 months ago
If Steve Jobs was alive he'd be screaming in his grave right now.
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