Looking forward to a Siri Speaker that is said to rival Google Home and Amazon Echo? According to Bloomberg, Apple has already started production of its smart home speaker, which should see its debut at the upcoming WWDC 2017 happening in a couple of days.
Bloomberg says that according to “people familiar with the matter”, the Siri-controlled smart speaker could be announced at Apple’s upcoming annual developer conference. However, it will not be ready to ship until later this year. It will differ from other devices like Google Home by using “virtual surround sound technology”, and offers deep integration with other Apple products. Current smart speakers from Google and Amazon do not support services from Apple like Apple Music, so Apple hopes that its own Siri Speaker could help combat the threat.
Bloomberg also reports that the more advanced acoustics technology will make Siri Speaker more appealing to consumers. Along with virtual surround sound, the speakers will offer louder and crisper sound. Apple is also considering adding sensors into the speaker that can sense the room and automatically adjust the audio levels during use.
Of course, these are just rumours for now, and Apple has not commented on the issue. Rumours about a Siri Speaker have been brewing since last year, so hopefully Apple is finally ready to launch it. WWDC 2017 will be happening at 1am, 6 June 2017 Malaysia time. The Cupertino company is expected to announce major software upgrades across all of its devices – iOS 11, macOS 10.13, tvOS 11 and watchOS 4. Rumours are saying that Apple could also announce new devices like a 10.5” iPad Pro, and maybe even new MacBook upgrades.