Rumor: Apple Planning Siri Speaker
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Jun 05, 2017,
Jun 05, 2017, 14:00
Apple on Thursday, few days ahead of its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kickoff, announced that its global developer community has earned over $70 billion through the App Store since its launch in 2008.
Other rumored features of this Apple smart speaker include integration with smart home devices that support Apple's HomeKit, giving users control over lights, door locks and more.
A survey released last month by research firm eMarketer found Echo speakers held 70.6 per cent of the U.S. market, compared with 23.8 per cent for Google Home and 5.6 per cent for others including Lenovo, LG, Harmon Kardon and Mattel. However, the speaker may not be ready to ship to consumers until later in 2017. Rumors now suggest that Apple may launch new laptops and iPads next week. Even though a touchscreen won't be present on the Apple Siri Speaker, it could still be a great smart speaker.
Regarding the manufacturing, the report says, Inventec Corp. which already makes AirPods will be producing the Siri speakers. As well as a home hub for HomeKit-enabled devices, Apple is also hoping this device will help keep customers "locked in" to its wider ecosystem, according to the report. The stock has been performing well so far this year, gaining almost 32% year-to-date.
This has been the major difference between Apple and the other two majors, Google and Amazon. Sources said that "Apple has also considered including sensors that measure a room's acoustics and automatically adjust audio levels during use".