Apple has invited developers to its annual WWDC conference next week, where it is expected to also introduce new versions of iOS and OS X. However, industry sources have told Variety that the company likely won't show off a new version of its Apple TV device until later this year.
Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg says the device will come without a touchscreen, offer virtual surround sound technology, will allow for Apple Music integration and function as a HomeKit hub. The speaker would likely be tucked into Apple's "Other Products" category, which now includes devices like the Apple Watch, Apple TV and AirPods. Bloomberg sources claim that Apple has started manufacturing the voice-controlled device.
This year's developers conference will be the first since 2013 to introduce new hardware. An Inventec representative didn't respond to a request for comment outside normal business hours in Taiwan.
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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.
According to a report from CNET, Apple's smart speaker might boast an integrated camera. 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.
The company is also looking to tailor the audio to users' living environments by adding sensors to measure room accoustics, according to today's piece.
The speaker could also be a way to boost Apple Music subscriptions and steer consumers away from rivals, including Spotify and Amazon Prime's streaming service. Users will be able to book an Uber or send WhatsApp messages, the report suggests.