2018 MacBook Pro Models With Touch Bar Support 'Hey Siri'

Apple has confirmed that its new 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models feature support for hands-free "Hey Siri."


From its website, emphasis ours:
Featured on the 13- and 15‑inch models with Touch Bar, the Apple T2 chip includes a Secure Enclave coprocessor that provides the foundation for secure boot and encrypted storage capabilities. It also consolidates many discrete controllers, including the system management controller, audio controller, and SSD controller, into one. And the Apple T2 chip brings a familiar voice to MacBook Pro — Hey Siri is always ready to open apps, find documents, play music, or answer your questions.
This means 2018 MacBook Pro users can say "Hey Siri," instead of clicking on the Siri icon in the macOS menu bar or tapping on the Siri button on the Touch Bar, to activate Apple's virtual assistant on the desktop.

The functionality is enabled by the Apple T2 chip, first introduced in the iMac Pro and now included in the new MacBook Pros.

The T2 chip integrates several previously separate components, including the system management controller, image signal processor, audio controller, and SSD controller, for expanded capabilities on the new MacBook Pro.

For instance, the T2 chip's image signal processor works with the FaceTime HD camera to enable enhanced tone mapping, improved exposure control, and face detection-based auto exposure and auto white balance. On the MacBook Pro, the chip also authenticates and secures Touch ID and Apple Pay.

The T2 chip also features a Secure Enclave coprocessor for secure boot and encrypted storage capabilities.

It's unclear if the iMac Pro will eventually support "Hey Siri" too.

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5 days ago at 08:36 am
“FaceTime HD” camera... 720p in 2018
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5 days ago at 08:41 am

THIS!!! I hate when I am in my car and my watch, iPhone and iPad all start responding. I then whisper hoping only one hears me.


Uh this is already a thing. Even with a house with an Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad and HomePod; only one ever responds. And it is pretty smart about it. If I am just speaking out loud, the HomePod will respond. If I have my wrist raised, the Apple Watch will respond
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5 days ago at 08:39 am
The only times I have activated Siri on my Mac is hitting the fn key by mistake.
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5 days ago at 08:36 am

I hope they add a Continuity feature soon to prevent multiple devices from activating to a “Hey Siri” request.


THIS!!! I hate when I am in my car and my watch, iPhone and iPad all start responding. I then whisper hoping only one hears me.
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5 days ago at 09:13 am

THIS!!! I hate when I am in my car and my watch, iPhone and iPad all start responding. I then whisper hoping only one hears me.


What are you talking about? As others have already mentioned, Apple has already accounted for this. I forget if it was Eddie or Craig that mentioned it an interview, but only one of your devices will ever respond to Hey Siri because of intelligent awareness. I would make sure all your devices are signed into the same iCloud account.
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5 days ago at 08:29 am
As Someone who uses Siri in all my iOS products, this is a welcomed addition. I like the concept of using Siri integrated with the MacBook. Although, it will be interesting to see if Siri has any additional improvements, Especially with understanding various words and commands.
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5 days ago at 08:31 am
I hope they add a Continuity feature soon to prevent multiple devices from activating to a “Hey Siri” request.
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4 days ago at 12:53 pm

It's normal with computers, smartphones, tablets, etc., the next year something better comes along and makes your current tech feel old.

Not if your computer is a Mac Mini... :p
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5 days ago at 11:08 am
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It's too bad it doesn't have a UHS-II card slot like the iMac Pro. Oh wait, it doesn't have any card slot at all any more. Lame.

Apple likely knows 1 out of 10 users ever use that slot. No one I know does and I personally used mine twice in 7 years.
[doublepost=1531419235][/doublepost]I’m not sure when they stopped accessibility from doing this. You used to be able control the computer by voice and call it up by saying computer or set you’re own phrase. This has been available since 2001
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4 days ago at 04:31 pm

“FaceTime HD” camera... 720p in 2018

Yeah even in 2018 HD is still 720p. And Full HD is still 1080p. Just like a meter is still 100 cm. Imagine that.
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