WWDC 2017 - iPad Pro 2017 and Siri Speaker

To separate its own speaker from the pack, Apple's offering is said to offer virtual surround sound and deep integration into its product lineup.

Apple also wants Siri speaker owners to use the device for their homes by allowing customers to control appliances and lights using the company's HomeKit system.

The speaker is also likely to include sensors that measure a room's acoustics and automatically adjust audio levels during use.

Apple could announce the Siri speaker at WWDC next week, although it wouldn't be ready to ship until later this year, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Apple is reportedly manufacturing Siri-controlled speaker.

The new Siri speaker is said to work with Apple's HomeKit service, created to make smart homes a reality. These speculative reports also indicate that Apple's product may not come with a screen, unlike the Amazon Echo which sports a 7inch wide screen.

Additionally, a new Bloomberg report sheds some more light on how Apple may carve out space for itself in a market now dominated by Google and Amazon.

We will know more about this once Apple takes the stage at WWDC 2017 next week, but until then, we suggest you hold off on buying a MacBook.

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Apple is looking to differentiate the Siri speaker from its competitors, including Amazon's Echo devices and Google Home gadgets.

The 2017 Worldwide Developers Congress kicks off on 5 June in San Jose, California and there is no announcement from Apple yet whether or not it is making Siri speaker's first appearance at the event. Although here's hoping the Siri Speaker isn't as plastic as the AirPods. This is a segment of Apple that Tim Cook expects to see double from now through 2020.

If you're a developer, the early months of the year can be exciting: Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have all held their annual conferences announcing what they're working on. By offering this product as an alternative to the Echo or Home, Apple can more effectively lock-in its users to existing services such as Apple Music. It would be a seamless transition for iPhone owners to start barking out commands to a smart speaker in the same or similar fashion as communicating with Siri on a smartphone.

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