Apple Siri Speaker enters production ahead of expected 5 June reveal

The last updated iPad Pro was seen in March 2016.

Apple Inc is already in your pocket, on your desk and underneath your television.

It won't be the only new Apple device on display either.

Apple's smart speaker will differentiate itself from Home and Echo by offering "virtual surround sound technology" in addition to deep integration with Apple's range of products, according to the report. Apple has begun manufacturing the speaker and could find its debut at this year's WWDC 2017, according to Bloomberg.

The virtual-assistant speaker will rival similar devices like Amazon.com Inc.'s Echo and Alphabet Inc.'s Google Home speakers.


Since Cook became CEO in August 2011, taking the reins from legendary co-founder Steve Jobs, Apple has come out with just one new category of hardware, the Apple Watch smartwatch.

Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller declined to comment. It's not expected to ship until later this year, however.

The company is also reportedly building loud speakers in order to make for a better entertainment set up compared to the competition. For several months now, Apple employees have been secretly testing the device in their own homes. As we previously reported, Inventec is said to have landed orders for the new speaker which reached an advanced prototype stage late a year ago.

Apple is expected to unveil its plans for the smart speaker as soon as Monday at the company's developer conference. Apple Music isn't now available on Google Home or Amazon Echo - though it can be added as a source to Sonos, which plans to add Echo control later in the year - and could be a key selling point for Apple's own speaker.

Apple's Siri Speaker, a smart AI voice controlled speaker, is coming to take on Amazon's Alexa and has already gone into production, allegedly. During the conference, Apple provides developers with new software development kits (SDKs) used to build new apps and services for upcoming software releases. Users may be able to ask the speaker to read e-mails and send texts. Apple's smart speaker will be integrated with other Apple devices and services. For instance, Bloomberg reports, one of the company's focuses has been improving audio quality over Echo and Google Home.

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