Apple recently released the developer version of its new OS X Mountain Lion software for the Mac range of PCs and laptops, which confirmed to the world that it will in fact only be the iPad 3 that marks new territory for Siri in 2012.
According to industry reports, Apple has decided against the inclusion of Siri in the new OS X for its Mac range of computers due to its largely location-based features. The standard MacBook, Pro, Air and iMac ranges to not include in-built GPS systems as standard, therefore to include the Siri voice assistant would effectively be a 99% redundant move.
Certain calendar and web functions would of course be useful, but severe restrictions would quite enormously dent the appeal of the feature as a whole – Siri having been pegged as one of the primary factors behind the massive success of the iPhone 4S.
However, Mac OS X Mountain Lion marks the clearest effort yet by Apple to bring the iPad or iOS experience to the world of the Mac, in direct response to a significant shift in the market. For the first time in the company’s history, 2011 saw Apple shift more iPads globally than Macs, signaling in no uncertain terms that the future of the industry may lie in the incredibly user friendly environment of the iPad.
The iPad 3 release date is expected in the next few weeks and will indeed see Siri make its way to the world of the tablet, cementing its success even in advance of its official unveiling.