Rumor has it that Apple will be bringing the Siri-like voice dictation feature of the new iPad to the Mac. When Siri was first introduced along with the iPhone 4S last year, voice dictation technology immediately became a potent weapon in Apple’s arsenal. Voice dictation offers an easy way for users to speak to their devices without having to type using a physical or virtual keyboard. According to 9to5Mac, a resource file inside the latest build of Safari in the newest seed of the upcoming OS X Mountain Lion suggests that a Siri-like voice dictation functionality might be making its way to the Mac.
A reference to what appears to be a keyboard shortcut that would trigger the command to “Start Dictation” has also been found. But since the Mac does not sport a virtual keyboard or physical keyboard that has a dedicated microphone-labeled key on it, the screenshot reveals that users will need to simultaneously click both command keys to initiate the functionality. Unfortunately, no other references to the voice dictation feature in the Mountain Lion betas have been found. So, until Apple makes an official statement, we’ll take this rumor with a grain of salt in hand. 9to5Mac also said that the feature is not functioning at this time on OS X Mountain Lion betas.