Apple to launch home speaker rival to Amazon Echo, Google Home

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It looks more and more like Apple will enter the smart speaker market soon, going head-to-head with Amazon and Google. The speaker will also reportedly be built by the same Taiwanese manufacturers that built Apple's popular AirPods. According to Bloomberg reports, it will feature virtual surround sound technology. While the company has kept its technologies closed to invasion from third-party apps, it did take a first step towards opening the voice assistant to such integrations previous year. What are your thoughts on the introduction of Siri Speaker next week at Apple's WWDC 2017 event?

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. Until now, Apple users haven't had that option, which is why a lot of them own an Echo or a Home. Apple, having been first to the voice assistant game with Siri, is hoping to put Google Home and Alexa in their place with a new Siri Speaker.

As iPhone sales slowed down, Tim Cook focused on the company's services businesses. Such a move would line up with Apple's recent emphasis on its services business over the past year or so. With the Siri-controlled speaker, it may help in keeping their customers to be loyal to the service products. Late a year ago, the speaker has reached an advanced prototype stage.

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The company might also bring an update for the MacBook Air. Chances are, Apple will announce the Siri Speaker in the conference. It's said to feature better sound than its competitors, and it's also louder. It should also allow users to ask questions Siri already has answers for - like the weather or local movie times.

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