Apple reportedly begins production of its Siri speaker

Apple Inc. is already in your pocket, on your desk and underneath your television. While the firm will announce its usual updates to its operating systems, it might also announce a new standalone Siri-powered speaker, similar to Google's Home, Amazon's Echo, and Harman Kardon's Cortana-powered Invoke. Specifically, the report relays that Apple's Siri speaker will feature virtual surround sound technology and will be tightly integrated with the entirety of Apple's ecosystem. The speaker would likely be tucked into Apple's "Other Products" category, which now includes devices like the Apple Watch, Apple TV and AirPods.

We have already heard a lot of rumours and half baked reports about the smart speaker. It will of course be able to control devices via Apple HomeKit and allow users to access Apple services such as Apple Music.

Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller said earlier in May that voice-control devices often need a screen. However, it will not be ready for shipping until later in the year, the report said. An Inventec representative didn't respond to a request for comment outside normal business hours in Taiwan.

Some of those detail just how Apple will attempt to set its Siri speaker apart from rivals. That's reportedly about to change, and factories are starting to crank out Apple's take on the hot products.

The iPhone-maker has started manufacturing a long-in-the-works Siri-controlled smart speaker, according to people familiar with the matter. Whether it will be shown at June's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) is also unclear, but I've got fingers crossed.

Apple is also expected to announce a refresh MacBook lineup, and potentially a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model. While the Amazon Echo and Google Home can play music, they aren't considered to be high-quality speakers, so Apple could use improved sound quality as a differentiator since many folks use these speakers in places like the kitchen.

  • Latoya Cobb