Apple could announce its rival to the Amazon Echo at the iPhone-maker’s developer conference this June. Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo made the prediction (via 9to5Mac), stating that the product will be a high-end speaker with built-in Siri. Apple will reportedly market the device as having superior sound quality and computing power to the Echo and Google Home, with the product set to sell for a similarly premium price-tag.
While Kuo predicts that the Siri speaker will go on sale before the end of the year, he’s not certain it will be announced at WWDC in June, suggesting there’s a better-than-50-percent chance of this happening. However, making the announcement at WWDC would make sense for Apple, especially if it wants to enlist developers to build applications for the device.
Last month, leaker Sonny Dickson also predicted the Siri speaker would be coming to WWDC. Dickson said on Twitter that the product would be marketed as a “Siri/AirPlay device,” and would be styled similar to the Mac Pro, with a mesh covering like that on UE’s Boom portable Bluetooth speaker.
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SOURCE: The Verge, James Vincent