Will We Soon See a Siri-Like Dictation on OS X?

By Sam Gibbs on at

Voice seems to be the next battleground for Apple. First we had Siri on the iPhone 4S, and while it might not be all that useful for us Brits, it also brought with it Dictation with works alright. Next we saw Dictation hit the new iPad, but now it seems the Mac is going to get a slice of the Siri-powered voice-to-text action too.

The keen-eyed Mac beta divers at 9to5Mac found a reference to a shortcut to fire-up "Dictation" with a double command press. A resources file within the latest build of Safari says this is "new in Moutation Lion" (pretty sure that's meant to be Mountain Lion). Right now there's no sign of Dictation within current developer builds of Apple's next operating system, but that doesn't mean it won't be there on release.

Of course, Apple has a penchant for limiting Siri-based voice features to certain models, so you might find that only specific Macs will get it, like a bunch of new retina display MacBook Pro perhaps? That'd be a bit difficult for existing Mac users to swallow I'd imagine, but I wouldn't put it past Apple to do it. Then again I'm not sure my colleagues would be too chuffed if I started jabbering into my Mac at work anyway, and there are already decent voice-to-text apps for the Mac out there. I guess we'll find out whether there's any truth to all this at WWDC next month. [9to5Mac]

Thanks Darrell!