Apple Siri Smart Speaker Goes into Production Ahead of WWDC 2017

Next week's conference is expected to attract more than 5,000 attendees, and the big announcement is expected to be a voice-controlled speaker similar to the Amazon Echo and Google Home that uses Apple's Siri. One cool tidbit that is rumroed for the speaker are sensors that will automatically read the acoustics of a room and adjust audio levels accordingly. The speaker is expected to be able to do all the things that Siri does on the iPhone and iPad from setting timers and reminders to controlling smart home devices, checking the user's calendar, and weather reports.

There have been rumors about Apple making a smart speaker.

Apple's speaker is going to use the company's Siri assistant, and will be capable of controlling internet-connected appliances through Apple's HomeKit platform, according to the report. It is also a chance for Apple bring its services like AirPlay, Apple Music and Apple HomeKit to a wider audience.

Additionally, a new Bloomberg report sheds some more light on how Apple may carve out space for itself in a market now dominated by Google and Amazon.




"People everywhere love apps and our customers are downloading them in record numbers", said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of marketing, in a statement ahead of next week's annual developer conference by the iPhone maker. We've already heard that it will unveil a revamped MacBook lineup, a new iPad Pro, and the oft-rumored smart speaker with Siri built-in on that occasion. He expects service revenue to double by 2020 from last year's US$24 billion (RM103 billion).

Some of those detail just how Apple will attempt to set its Siri speaker apart from rivals. According to Tech Crunch, Google Home has been defeated by Amazon Echo since its release in the market. The introduction of a speaker to give the division a boost as it will complement service products such as its subscription music streaming offering, Apple Music. But it will not be ready to ship until later in the year.

Rumours have been rife that the USA technology giant will reveal a new speaker that could take aim at Amazon's award-winning Echo.

If the speaker does launch at WWDC, the show could be very hardware-centric.

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