Guess What Apple is Bringing to the Mac

The next version of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Mac operating system could incorporate Siri and the largely criticized homegrown maps app as the company continues its attempts to bring in features from its mobile software, iOS. According to Apple blog 9to5Mac, Apple’s desktop and notebook operating system may debut at the end of next summer, with a developer preview arriving a little earlier.

Apple has stuck to its trend of adding mobile functionality to its computers by incorporating reminders, notification center, Game Center, and AirPlay into OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, which was released this year. Features like a new app launcher, FaceTime video conferencing, and the Mac App Store were added in the iteration before that.

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The idea that the addition of Siri was impending received credence with the availability of the dictation function in Mountain Lion, which lets users talk into their microphone and have it transcribed into text. Apple announced its own maps for iOS at its annual developers conference in June and launched it as part of iOS 6 in September, though to not a great reception. Comparisons were immediately drawn to the program it replaced, Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Maps app, and the Apple software was criticized for lacking data and transit options and having too many errors.

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