Apple's Siri Speaker Release At WWDC 2017? The High-End Speaker Tipped To Take On The Amazon Echo & Google Home [VIDEO]

2 May 2017, 5:28 pm EDT By Vinay Patel Mobile & Apps

Apple's is all set to launch its fabled smart speak; however, getting your hands on it maybe another story.

Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo made the declaration in advance (via 9To5Mac), indicating that the product (deemed by Kuo as Apple's "first home AI product) will be a premium speaker featuring built-in Siri. Apple is likely to trot it out as a high-end alternative to the Amazon Echo -- a subwoofer along with seven tweeters would offer superior sound.

Although Kuo hazards a guess that the Siri speaker will hit the store shelves before the end of 2017, he doesn't warrant the product's arrival at WWDDC (Worldwide Developer Conference), which is scheduled to take place in early June. In other words, the possibility of this coming to fruition is over 50-percent. Aside from that, another reason why Apple might announce the Siri speaker at WWDC is to lure developers to build apps for the device.

This completely aligns with a prediction made by tech tipster Sonny Dickson.The leaker took to his Twitter handle (@SonnyDickson) last month to reveal that the product would be touted as a Siri/AirPlay device, and would come bearing Mac Pro-like style, complete with a mesh covering like that on the Logitech UE Boom portable Bluetooth speaker. In his tweet, Dickson also indicated that it would feature some sort of Beats technology and run a variant iOS.

Furthermore, Apple's Siri speaker would pack a more powerful processor as compared to the A8 or A9 in previous-generation iPhones and, obviously, close integration with a slew of other Apple devices. The only problem? Consumers could be in for a long wait.

According to a report from Engadget, Kuo believes that the device would make an appearance sometime in Q2 of 2017 i.e. in July, but it could also allude to the fall. It's worth noting though that if the Cupertino-based tech titan wants developers to capitalize on the speaker, it is imperative that it introduces them to the hardware's capabilities months ahead of launch.

Meanwhile, Amazon isn't likely to sit and take it, and may already be hard at works on a touchscreen Echo, putting Apple under pressure to launch something sooner rather than later. And though Google Home is a comparatively smaller competitor than the Echo, its skill set is growing very quickly.

In other words, Apple needs to move in haste if it wants to woo more than just iOS loyalists. Stay tuned in here for more news and updates Apple's Siri speaker.

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