Apple Siri Speaker Release Not Expected Next Week

To separate its own speaker from the pack, Apple's offering is said to offer virtual surround sound and deep integration into its product lineup. The iPhone seller also reportedly has considered including sensors that measure the environment's acoustics and automatically adjust audio levels.

The company may also allow third-party companies to build products for it. Uber and Facebook are the first two companies that developed products for Siri enabling users to request a ride or send a WhatsApp message using a voice command.

The speaker powered by Apple's digital assistant Siri may be unveiled at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference next week in Silicon Valley, Bloomberg News reported. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The rumor started with Bloomberg's unnamed sources reports Forbes and claims that the Siri speaker is in the overseas manufacturing stage right now. The use of HomeKit potentially could lock in customers in Apple's network and prevent them from using Amazon Echo or Google Home devices for those tasks. Despite the Siri speaker being projected as a direct competition to Amazon Echo, the former does not include a screen unlike the latter, which is quite surprising. He states that the service revenue might double three years from now.

Earlier, rumors suggested that Apple's smart speaker will be similar to the company's cylindrical Mac Pro desktop.

Apple said that apps in the Gaming and Entertainment categories bring in the most revenue, with hit games helping with the revenue figure.

Additionally, the Siri speaker is also being viewed as a hardware that would serve as a platform for the promotion of Apple services.

Apple, which faces a growing challenge in the mobile space from the dominant Google Android system, has been tweaking its business model as part of an effort to keep developers in its ecosystem. It's unclear if the Siri speaker will indeed make its debut at WWDC, potentially significantly ahead of its actual launch, though in some ways the developer audience there does make sense.

With the launch of a new iPhone - possibly called the iPhone 8 - later this year, the new iOS will be tailored to work on the upcoming handset.

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