Although the iPhone 8 has been the protagonist of the latest rumors about Apple, a few weeks ago a new development left fans of the apple firm very impressed, with the serious possibility that Apple will launch a virtual home assistant based on Siri, in clear competition to Amazon’s Echo.
This week, the Chinese media Economic News has announced that from Cupertino have started the orders for the manufacture of these devices by Inventec, the Taiwanese company that manufactures the popular AirPod.
Although no order numbers or production schedule have been released, previous reports suggest that Apple may present the device this June at its Global Developer Conference.
Rumors about a Siri device have been circulating for some time; recently, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities stated that Apple’s smart speaker will offer high-end audio. Kuo said the Siri device would start selling in the second half of 2017, would target the high-end entertainment market and would carry a higher price than the Amazon Echo at $179.
For his part, Sonny Dickson stated through his Twitter account that Apple is close to finalizing the design of its standalone Siri-based device. According to Dickson, the smart speaker would look like a version of the Google Home speaker, with a fabric mesh covering most of the device and a concave top similar to that of Mac Pro.
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Initial rumours claimed that the Apple device might have a facial recognition element to identify users, although this has not been mentioned since.
With only two months to go before the World Developer Conference, expectations are high regarding this device that would become part of the unexpected success of virtual assistants for the home. Will Apple make it?