Rumors of Siri, the famous iPhone voice-operated assistant, coming to the Mac have been swirling lately, and some recent leaks have given us a solid glimpse into the probability of Siri coming to the Mac. MacRumors reports that they have received screenshots from a reliable source giving us a peek into the development of Siri for the Mac. In addition to a Siri app in the dock (above), it is reported that there will be a "Hey Siri" feature, much like the iPhone's, that can be turned on or off in preferences. Having "Hey Siri" on would definitely drain battery, but it would be a useful feature, especially as it appears there will be a Siri app which would take longer than just saying a command.
Do I think that Siri is coming to Mac? Absolutely. Rumors of Siri on Macs have been floating ever since Siri came to the iPhone, and now that Apple has improved Siri dramatically on the iPhone, it's time for the voice-automated assistant to arrive on the Mac. The report from MacRumors almost confirms this, and it appears we will probably find out for sure this June at WWDC, when Apple anounces OS X 10.12. The only thing left for Apple to do is fix their stale lineup of computers that hasn't changed much in the past few years. But, that's another subject for another time. As usual, feel free to leave a comment if you have additional input. Thanks!
Some significant changes may be coming to the App Store, reports Bloomberg. It appears that Apple has organized a 'secret team' to work on making some changes to the App Store in the near future. The biggest of these changes would probably be the implementation of paid search results. In this new version of the App Store, developers could pay to have their apps display at the top of the search results when a certain phrase is searched. For example, if somebody searched "Star Wars", developers could purchase slots for their games to appear before the developers that didn't pay.
But would this really affect the App Store? I believe so. When I search for something, I (and probably many others) only look through the first few results before either downloading an app or moving on. Paid search results would generally favor bigger game companies or developers with more money. It sounds rigged in a way, but it is typically the bigger gaming companies that produce the best games anyway. Sure, you could make a decent game in your parents' basement with a budget of a couple hundred bucks, but the higher quality games are going to come from companies with more money. All in all, paid search results would optimize the App Store and make it easier for users to find the latest and greatest apps from well-known companies. And in turn, these companies would make more money. It's a win-win!
The new Apple TV hasn't been in the news much lately, but it should be. I recently posted a review of the Apple TV, saying that although the software and remote received a much needed facelift, it felt rushed and unfinished when it came to the App Store. Although some brilliant games like Rayman Adventures and some great and useful apps are on it, the App Store for the Apple TV feels very, very sparse. I couldn't name more than ten decent games for it, which is definitely a problem since it is advertised as being something that's great to game on. In reality, the Apple TV isn't a gaming console but it definitely has the capabilities and they're not being used to the fullest. What worries me more is that we are in the midst of the holiday season, a time when people are buying Apple devices for their families, and no major games have been announced for the TV. What this signals is that companies aren't interested in developing for the Apple TV, and there are quite a few possible reasons for that. But will the TV continue to develop with more gaming capabilities and popularity in the gaming world, or will games eventually be done away with in future Apple TV's, bringing it to its original purposes?