Rumor: Apple Maps and Siri coming to the Mac with OS X 10.9 next year

By , Nov 19, 2012

OS X 10.9, the next major revision to Apple’s desktop operating system, will contain Siri and Apple Maps, the two headline capabilities currently exclusively available on newer iPhones, iPads and iPod touches. According to a new report this morning, early builds of OS X 10.9 that were previously spotted in web logs include Siri and Maps integration. Both features are purportedly in the early testing stages so it has yet to be determined if they will be ready for prime time when OS X 10.9 ships some time next year…

Mark Gurman, reporting for 9to5Mac, talked to “reliable sources”:

These sources say that early builds of OS X 10.9 integrate Apple’s Siri voice command software much like Apple’s newest iPad models running iOS 6.

In addition to that, Apple plans to integrate its so-far criticized and controversial mapping service into OS X as a framework for developers, according to people familiar with early testing.

The teen blogging phenom goes on to assert that developers will be able to embed maps into their Mac App Store programs. Programmers currently can embed Apple Maps in iOS programs via the iOS MapKit framework.

The recently seeded iOS 6.1 Beta features an updated MapsKit framework allowing devs to programmatically search for map-based addresses and points of interest in their apps using an Apple Maps backend.

The author has not been able to confirm with his sources whether OS X 10.9 contains a full-blown Apple Maps app for desktops. Development of OS X 10.9 allegedly began simultaneously with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Apple previously indicated intent to push forward with a more aggressive OS X release schedule that would see annual major revisions to its operating system powering Mac notebooks and desktops.

As you know, the current OS X Mountain Lion borrows heavily from iOS, bringing to the Mac popular iOS features such as Notification Center, AirPlay, Dictation, Game Center, Reminders, Notes and iCloud document syncing, to name a few.

There’s no reason not to continue with the deployment of the remaining iOS features on the Mac platform, beginning with Siri and Apple Maps as the most prominent software enhancements from past two iOS revisions.

Hopefully, Apple will work out the kinks before unleashing Maps and Siri on the Mac. Also, how about iBooks for Mac?

Today’s rumor hints at ongoing work on unifying both desktop and mobile builds of Apple’s software with feature parity, possibly towards combining iOS and OS X into one giant monster of an operating system.

Do Siri and Apple Maps make sense on the Mac?

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  • Dan

    I can see it now.
    -User: Siri save this project for later use.
    -Siri: Shutting down computer, all unsaved tasks will be lost.

  • http://twitter.com/myorangeisstuck wahaha

    How scary would it be to have a talking mac.

    • http://twitter.com/br3akth3lim1t br3akth3lim1t

      IKR. I walk in to Barnes and Noble to see people in Starbucks talking to a Mac and everyone telling them to STFU in a book store. XD (PS I own a Mac. :P)

  • MagicDrumSticks

    But will it blend?

  • tanvir92

    User-Go to best Apple Blog
    Siri-Loading iDownloadBlog

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Olaf-Wouters/100001850331302 Olaf Wouters

      lol kissing’s Jeff’s behind are we?

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Google voice search blows siri away in term of speed… Eddie Cue needs focus on it’s speed more..

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.tilden.9 Jamie Tilden

    I think this is a great idea. Siri, anyways; maps, I don’t. What would be the use for maps on my Mac, other than for directions? It’s not like I’d have turn-by-turn navigation. Hopefully my 2011 MacBook Pro model won’t be too outdated for this 10.9 release, though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

      Well by that logic, what’s the use in Google Maps?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.tilden.9 Jamie Tilden

        True say. But don’t get me wrong, I’d really enjoy playing around with Maps App on my Mac, and I love to see it happen. My point was really that the utility of having it on your iOS device far outweighs that of having it on your Mac. That said, with iCloud, I’m sure cross-device integration would allow you to pick up your Map searching from your Mac on to your iDevice, and vice versa. That could be nice!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

    I’m actually looking forward more to Siri than Apple’s Maps on Mac :S Oh well, who knows how far Maps is going to be improved in 1 year

  • http://twitter.com/roblugg Rob Lugg

    Siri on my Mac would be cool, if they only make it work on recent models that would be crap though, my Macbook is more powerful than my iPhone 4s so there’s no excuse for it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

    Siri sounds like an awesome idea. We already have Siri dictation so why not get the whole package. As for maps I don’t see the use of it having its own application on a Mac but as a website or something I guess it would be ok.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ninja.Hoddie Ryan Joseph

    lol the year after google hear this there going to add google voice to there chrome book (i own windows 8 pro btw)

  • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

    I don’t see the point of Siri on my Mac, I could use the mouse to navigate through Finder and find the app/document I wanted way before opening Siri, telling it what to do, waiting for a response from Apple servers and then hoping it understood what I asked for.

  • Osama Bin Laden

    Fuck yeah!

  • Irfan Tarique

    I wanna talk to my Mac XD

  • Miras safadi

    Maybe they should make the iOS version of those two things better, THEN think about moving on to the next OS!

  • http://twitter.com/tsyoon2000 Tae Sung Yoon

    Me: Search Organisms
    Siri: Searching Orgasms… Please wait…