3 June 2022

Mac meet Siri. Wait, what about Spotlight?

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As I was toying with Apple’s new operating system for Macs, dubbed macOS Sierra, I got excited about the inclusion of Siri. This in my opinion has been long overdue. I asked a lot of questions to which I got satisfactory answers and the realization that Siri has become more mature and intelligence that the early days. Then something hit me! I won’t be able to interact with Siri in the office that often for two reasons. The first is that I’m going to irritate the hell out of my colleagues and the second is ( and I have been battling with this one for a while) talking to Siri feels very much like talking to myself! It comes with a lot of self-awareness and the fear that people might think I am bonkers. So Siri is mostly for the privacy of my car…

What a waste for such a powerful technology! The good news is not all hope is lost for I believe the answer is in text input. As soon as I realised this, I saw the Spotlight icon shine right next to the Siri one, so I thought to try it out. Alas, regardless of how apparent it is that Spotlight should be embedded into Siri, the good folks at Apple have not realised this!
Spotlight can be used to search for things like apps, documents, images and other files on your Mac. To open Spotlight, click the magnifying glass icon in the upper-right corner of your Mac’s menu bar. It will even suggest searches as soon as you start typing to make it easy to find what you’re looking for with preferences for what kind of folders to search for the item in:
Image Credit: dummies.com
Image Credit: dummies.com
The subtlety of text input for Siri would make it far easier to adopt as that de facto inquiry method into what is the wilderness of the Internet – yes I could see Siri beating Google on Apple Devices! Speaking of Google, Google Now is very nifty on the Android and it is a consolidated whole of text and voice input, so take note Apple.
It is still early days for Sierra and if the convergence with are seeing on iOS is anything to go by, before long this convenience will be a reality.

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