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Apple launching a Siri Speaker next week

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. It might be announced at WWDC on June 5th, the insiders say. Bringing it into the home via Siri should help bolster kit such as smart lightbulbs and switches, as well as making Apple's voice assistant a more alluring offer. However, Apple won't launch the Siri speaker until later this year.

Apple, which faces a growing challenge in the mobile space from the dominant Google Android system, has been tweaking its business model as part of an effort to keep developers in its ecosystem.

"The rumor mill has focused on the possibility of Apple debuting a digital assistant for the home based on Siri technology". The speaker will have two primary functions.

The iPhone maker seems to be putting the Amazon Echo lineup and Google Home into a tight corner of competition. Apart from that, they also use more Amazon Prime Music and Google Play instead of Apple Music. Reports also have it that Google is slowly overtaking Amazon when it comes to popularity and sales because of the more robust design of the Home.

The only inhibition Apple has been having all these years is the policy to not allow any non-Apple devices or apps to be included in its platform. Among other stunning feature, Siri speaker, which is being manufactured by Inventec, will sport "virtual" surround-sound technology.

How does Apple make its Siri-powered device stand out from that crowd?

Citing "engineers and artificial intelligence industry insiders", the report claims Apple will expand the categories of apps with with its virtual assistant will work, from the current six to an unknown number. You will get services like Apple Maps (with navigation), Apple Pay and News available in different countries. Last year, the Siri Speaker went into an advanced stage. The introduction of a speaker to give the division a boost as it will complement service products such as its subscription music streaming offering, Apple Music. It is the second try of Apple, and we are hoping that this product does better than the previous version.

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