Siri query returns response about Mac OS X Finder app ahead of WWDC

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Just a few days before Apple is widely expected to unveil Siri for Mac, a prompt to the voice-driven personal assistant on iPhone is mentioning the OS X file management application, Finder.

When asked the specific question "Siri open settings in the window," Siri for iOS responds with: "It doesn't look like you have an app named 'Finder'." The response was first spotted by Brian Roemmele.

Interestingly, omitting the word "Siri" from the query changes the response, and the assistant simply opens the iOS Settings application.

Of course, there is no Finder app for iOS, only the Mac operating system, OS X. And so the response from Siri has been interpreted to mean that Apple's servers are being updated to handle Siri input on the Mac.

Apple is set to host a keynote presentation on Monday, where it's highly anticipated to announce that Siri voice controls will be coming to the Mac. Assorted updates to Siri, greatly expanding its functionality across all of Apple's major platforms, are also expected.

In particular, it's believed that Apple will announce a third-party development kit that will allow applications to tap into Siri. Currently, Siri is limited to commands and apps enabled by Apple itself.

Apple acquired natural language processing firm VocalIQ late last year, helping to fuel speculation that it could be used to power a more advanced version of Siri. The company's technology is capable of interpreting complex commands, such as "Find a nearby Chinese restaurant with open parking and Wi-Fi that's kid friendly."

It's also been reported that Apple is working to update the Apple TV to act as an always-listening speaker, offering users access to Siri at any time in the home. That would be similar to Amazon's Echo, as well as Google's forthcoming voice-activated Home hardware.

Beyond Siri, WWDC is expected to feature iOS 10, a new version of the OS X (potentially renamed macOS), and updates to watchOS and tvOS. Apple is also said to be working on a major overhaul of the Apple Music user interface, and new Beats streaming radio stations. A more comprehensive rundown of expectations can be found in

WWDC 2016 kicks off Monday with Apple's keynote presentation at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern. AppleInsider will be there in San Francisco live, with up-to-the-second coverage of the company's announcements.

 

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