With both Amazon Echo and Google Home dominating homes and work spaces, it seems Apple isn’t too far in launching its own version of a smart speaker.
Sources close to Bloomberg have said that Apple’s Siri Speaker has just entered production, and what’s more, the company is even ready to make an announcement as early as next week during the company’s annual WorldWide Developers Conference 2017 (WWDC 2017).
The same sources say that while the announcement will happen soon, the product is not expected to release until later this year. An exact timeframe of the launch window was not given.
This isn’t the first time reports of a Siri Speaker has slipped past the Apple rumormill. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had predicted earlier last month that Apple would be announcing a smart speaker along with a new iPad during the WWDC 2017.
Smart speakers are all the craze right now with not just Amazon and Google, but the likes of Samsung and LG, too, jumping into foray to get a piece of the market. In this scenario, it is imperative of Apple to make a move with Siri, considering it is one of the biggest AI voice assistants available in the market. It is also a chance for Apple bring its services like AirPlay, Apple Music and Apple HomeKit to a wider audience.
We should get an official word on Siri Speaker on June 5 when Apple finally reveals what it has in store during the WWDC 2017.