Apple’s screen-less Siri speaker is now in production, may be unveiled at WWDC 2017: Report


Apple’s rumored Siri smart speakers is now actually into product to compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home, according to Bloomberg report. Apple could reveal this onstage during its developers conference WWDC, scheduled from June 5-9 in San Jose, California, but the device won’t be ready to ship until later this year.

The upcoming speaker’s specialty will be its Virtual Surround Sound technology and it will be more effortlessly integrated with other Apple products and services, like Apple Music. The report also says that Apple’s new speaker could solve two main issues. First, the speaker will give Apple users a central hub for controlling smart-home devices via Apple’s HomeKit system. Second, it will help keep customers stay inside the Apple’s ecosystem, something that is likely to hurt home automation devices by Google and Amazon.

Inventec Corp, the company that makes Apple’s wireless Airpods also, is said to be developing the speaker. Apple’s employees are reportedly testing this device at their homes since past few months.

It is further said that Apple’s speakers may be using sensors that will measure the room’s acoustics and accordingly adjusts its level of sound. Apple is also speculated to keep the speaker restricted to its own applications but it may open it for third-party customers as well, something it did with Siri last year. Contrasting the new Amazon Echo, the Apple speaker may not include a display screen.

Along with the speaker, Apple is rumored to bring new versions of its operating system iOS, tvOS, macOS and watchOS. The company could also introduce new iPad Pro models, including the rumored 10.5-inch screen variant that is said to come in 9.7-inch iPad footprint, and a refreshed line of MacBook Pro with Intel ‘Kaby Lake’ processors.

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Himani Sharma, From ITvoir News Desk