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

Jul 12, 2018 8:26 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
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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25 months ago
“FaceTime HD” camera... 720p in 2018
Rating: 16 Votes
25 months ago

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
Rating: 10 Votes
25 months ago
The only times I have activated Siri on my Mac is hitting the fn key by mistake.
Rating: 8 Votes
25 months ago

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.
Rating: 6 Votes
25 months ago
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.
Rating: 3 Votes
25 months ago
I hope they add a Continuity feature soon to prevent multiple devices from activating to a “Hey Siri” request.
Rating: 3 Votes

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