Apple’s is apparently finalizing the design for its Google Home and Amazon Echo competitor. The news comes from notable leaker Sonny Dickson, following up on earlier rumors we’ve heard. Dickson didn’t get into details about when we could expect the smart home speaker or specifications, only that it will run on some version of iOS and that it will be marketed as a Siri/AirPlay device.
It’s been a while since we last heard about Apple’s so-called Echo copycat, but the device is seemingly well on its way to becoming a consumer device.
It is believed to carry some form of Beats technology, and is expected to run an variant iOS
— Sonny Dickson (@SonnyDickson) April 27, 2017
When might we see this alleged device?
If Sonny Dickson’s claim turns out to be true, when might we expect to see this speaker? It depends on how far along Apple is in production. If it is nearly complete, the speaker might show up at WWDC in June. If not, it’ll most likely be unveiled during Apple’s fall iPhone event, or maybe even later in the year to build hype heading into the holiday season.
Siri has improved remarkably over the last few years, so it would make sense to put the assistant in more devices. Considering how popular the Echo is, and the fact that Google Home has come to market, it seems like a matter of when, not if, Apple will release its own smart home speaker.