Following Amazon’s announcing of ‘Echo Show’ – a new, premium version of its Echo smart speaker that carries a display, camera, is set to start at $229.99 and expected to see its release, on June 28 – the rumour mill is this weekend responding with claims that Apple may too planning on launching a Siri-powered smart speaker at WWDC, next month.
The company’s worldwide developers conference which takes place every June and is usually focused on announcements of products and services targeted at developers, has, in the past, also been home to the introductions of some of Apple’s more notable ‘commercial,’ consumer offerings …
… and according to KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, this year will not only see the Californian firm introduce a new 10.5-inch iPad, but a smart speaker powered by the company’s ever-so-sassy assistant – Siri.
“In our April 28 Insight report (“Apple’s first home AI product to see cyclical shipments of over 10mn units; main competitor is Amazon Echo”), we offered estimates for the new home AI/ Siri speaker line,” Kuo said, as the analyst explained that the research firm also believes this new product will “come with a touch panel.”
Apple has long been rumoured to be working on a new Siri-powered product, as its once dominate virtual assistant begins to lose ground to the likes of Alexa, Cortana and Google Now … and the addition of a touch interface on the rumored new offering -whilst arguably not needed in a voice-driven environment- could ultimately work to win over already familiar iPhone owners, as iPad sales continue to decline …
WWDC17 will take place at San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center from June 5-9.
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