Rumor: Apple Planning Siri Speaker

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.

Tipped to be unveiled during Apple's WWDC keynote conference next Monday, June 5, the new smart speaker is now said to be being pieced together.

The speaker would mark Apple's first all-new gadget since the 2015 release of the Apple Watch and could bring some serious competition to the music market.

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".

Apple also pushed back against that notion that apps have peaked and that people aren't downloading as many as the used to.

Set to drop alongside major iOS 11 and macOS update announcements, Apple is also expected to use its WWDC gathering to unveil new iPad and MacBook upgrades.

  • Carolyn Briggs