Apple’s WWDC 2016 event is around the corner and it looks like on top of announcing the usual operating system updates for iOS and Mac OS X, and possibly some updates to Apple Music, the Cupertino company has got something interesting for its Siri and AI department as well.
According to reports, the company will be opening up Siri to third-party developers, and will also launch a smart Bluetooth speaker. The Information writes that Apple is working on a software development kit (SDK) for Siri. This means that other developers will soon be able to use the digital assistant in their apps, not just Apple.
The news site also says that the company is working on a smart Bluetooth speaker with built-in microphone as well as Siri integration to rival Google Home and Amazon’s Echo. This will allow users to operate the speaker and possible other connected household appliances using only their voice. Some features mentioned by The Information include to turn on/off any appliances supported by Apple’s HomeKit platform, and perform some of the tasks associated with automated bots. The Information says that Apple has been working on the device long before Amazon’s launch of the Echo last year.
Of course, none of these information are confirmed. Apple will be hosting its WWDC 2016 event on 13 June 2016, so stay tuned to see if it comes true.