Apple’s long–awaited Siri speaker, which brings the iPhone voice assistant into an at–home gadget for the first time, looks set to launch at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference on 5th June.
Inside sources say that the device has gone into production, with CEO Tim Cook due to reveal it next week. A release date is not expected until much later in 2017.
The new speaker will take Siri out of the iPhone for the first time, with the aim of challenging the dominance of Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home. The latter pair allow users to set alarms and control products around the home, but do not offer deep integration with Apple software.
The new Siri speaker is said to work with Apple’s HomeKit service, in order to make smart homes a reality. While HomeKit is a part of the existing suite of native iPhone apps, it has not gained traction as much as Cupertino would have liked. Bringing it into the home via Siri should help bolster kit such as smart lightbulbs and switches, as well as making Apple’s voice assistant a more alluring offer.
Apple is also expected to detail plans for iOS 11 at WWDC. The new version of its operating system is set to feature a streamlined design and wider improvements to Siri.
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