1. WWDC 2016: Apple’s Siri now available on Macs; digital assistant also opened to outside developers

WWDC 2016: Apple’s Siri now available on Macs; digital assistant also opened to outside developers

At its World Wide Developers' Conference (WWDC), Apple on Monday announced that its virtual assistant, Siri, will be coming to desktop and laptop computers.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 14, 2016 12:17 AM
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Monday, June 13, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Monday, June 13, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

At its World Wide Developers’ Conference (WWDC), Apple on Monday announced that its virtual assistant, Siri, will be coming to desktop and laptop computers. The digital assistant, first introduced on Apple’s iPhones in 2011, will now be available in Apple’s operating system for Macs.

Apple also gave a demonstration of Siri on the Mac computer, which for the first time will be able to search for photos, documents, music and other files via voice commands. Siri will also work similarly with Apple TV.

Apple also announced that its new Mac system will be called macOS Sierra and will likely come out this fall. Apple renamed OSX to macOS.

Other updates include features that will allow users to moves more seamlessly between different kinds of Apple devices. It will help people move more files to the Internet. With the help of the Apple Watch, users will be able to log in to their Macs without a password.

Microsoft added its digital assistant, Cortana, to the Windows 10 operating system released last year. It’s activated when users say “Hey Cortana.” Google also offers voice commands in its Chrome operating system.

Apple has also opened up its popular Siri digital assistant to outside developers, a move which means iPhone users soon could be able to hail rides with Uber, publish photos on Shutterfly or make a call on Skype with voice commands.

Apple also unveiled new updates of its operating software for Watch, iPhone and iPads.

“The App Store started 8 years ago, with a little over 500 apps. Recently we passed a major milestone – we now have over 2 million apps,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook during inaugural address at the developers conference.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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