Apple's Echo-Like Smart Speaker With Siri and AirPlay Could Debut as Early as WWDC

Apple is broadly rumored to be engaged on a Siri-based smart home device with a speaker, and Australian leaker Sonny Dickson has shared new particulars about its attainable design and options on Twitter and with MacRumors.

Apple’s good speaker may take design cues from the Google Home

Dickson stated that Apple is presently “finalizing designs” for the Amazon Echo and Google Home competitor, which he expects to be marketed as a Siri and AirPlay system. “It is believed to carry some form of Beats technology,” he added, whereas noting that the system will run a variant of iOS software program.

Dickson later informed MacRumors that the system, allegedly codenamed B238 internally, will characteristic a Mac Pro-like concave high with built-in controls. His supply, which he informed us is “someone inside Apple,” described the system as “fat” just like the Google Home with speaker mesh masking nearly all of the system.

Dickson was informed Apple’s good speaker could possibly be unveiled at WWDC 2017 in early June, however as all the time, the corporate’s plans may change.

In September 2016, Bloomberg reported that Apple’s good dwelling system had entered prototype testing, together with each a bigger and a smaller mannequin according to Amazon’s present Echo lineup. However, on the time, the report cautioned that Apple’s early efforts don’t assure finalized product might be launched.

The report stated Apple’s good dwelling system would be capable to management home equipment, locks, lights, and curtains by means of Siri voice instructions. It added that among the prototypes in testing embody facial recognition sensors, backed by an earlier CNET report claiming the system may have a built-in camera for facial recognition.

Dickson is greatest recognized for leaking numerous iPhone and iPad elements from abroad sources, such as these iPhone 5c rear casings in 2013, however his newest data supposedly comes from a supply straight inside Apple, an space the place his monitor file is much less established. His sources have proven incorrect at occasions.