Apple may announce Siri smart speaker at WWDC next week

Indeed, the company's impetus for producing a smart speaker may be to help it lock users to those paid services.

Chatter of the gadget has been circulating for some months now.

According to a report from CNET, Apple's smart speaker might boast an integrated camera. Now, in the run-up to WWDC, new tidbits have emerged.

If there's one area where Apple Inc.

Does the Apple smart speaker described in today's report interest you? While the Amazon Echo and Google Home can play music, they aren't considered to be high-quality speakers, so Apple could use improved sound quality as a differentiator since many folks use these speakers in places like the kitchen. The device is expected to feature support for Siri and AirPlay and include Beats speaker technology. That's something Sonos has attempted with its Trueplay system, though that relies on analyzing the room with a wirelessly-connected iPhone rather than microphones and such built into its streaming speakers. The Siri Speaker rumor mill has critical mass and enough details to have reached viability.

Apple has started to manufacture a smart, internet-connected speaker with the aim to take on Amazon's Echo and Google Home, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. The speaker would likely be tucked into Apple's "Other Products" category, which now includes devices like the Apple Watch, Apple TV and AirPods.


And of course, the device would lean heavily on integration with Apple's ecosystem.

Apple's answer to the Amazon Echo lineup and Google Home has advanced to the manufacturing stage, according to Bloomberg.

Bloomberg's recent report said the device will have an engraving that will say: "Designed by Apple in California".

Sales, though, are unlikely to begin until later in 2017.

If the unnamed speaker does launch in June, it would be the first new piece of hardware announced at Apple's WWDC since 2013, when the cylindrical Mac Pro was introduced.


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