Sherlock 3, first released with Apple's 10.2 "Jaguar" release, has now changed its focus to Web services. It bears a great resemblance to Watson -- almost its entire capability (image search, news, stocks, movies, phone listings, eBay auctions, reference, and translation) is found in Watson's tool set, and many individual tools behave remarkably like their Watson counterparts.
Watson's Movie Tool
Sherlock's Movie Channel
(as found on <http://www.apple.com/macosx/jaguar/sherlock.html> — no longer available)
Many users have contacted Karelia, congratulating us on Apple "buying out" Watson. However, Karelia Software was not involved in any aspect of Sherlock 3, other than serving as ... shall we say ... inspiration. While Apple recently recognized Watson as 2002's "Most Innovative Mac OS X Product" -- and we appreciate the recognition -- the company didn't hesitate to make use of Watson's specific innovations for its next OS release, without any concessions to Karelia.
But we're not that upset anymore. Really. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Unfortunately for Apple, Sherlock 3 is not quite up to par with Watson in terms of speed or capability, so we're not that worried. With the addition of the new Google searching Tool for Watson — much more useful than the web-searching feature that is part of Sherlock 3 — we are confident that Watson will continue to be the market leader in Web services, in spite of Sherlock 3.
Technical readers may be interested in a comparison of Watson's and Sherlock's plug-in architecture on this page.