This is the fifth post in a 12-part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year. This series is being written with the help and input of my two best friends, Jessica and Jocelyn Gladysz.
For the fifth request of Christmas, we ask Apple to give to us:
5. Siri for Mac
Siri on the Mac has been rumoured for several years now. On iOS, the virtual assistant has become a convenient way for many users to interact with their iOS devices. This is particularly true of users with motor difficulties, many of whom rely on Siri to allow them to interact with iOS. The introduction of "Hey Siri" has increased the availability of Siri to users who have severely limited mobility. The next logical step in the evolution of Siri as an accessibility tool is for Apple to bring the assistant to the Mac, and that is exactly what we are asking for in today's request. The Mac is currently the only internet connected Apple device without Siri and adding it to OS X would open many new possibilities.
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