Last week, known Apple leaker Sonny Dickson claimed that Apple is on the cusp of finalizing the design of a Siri/Airplay hardware. According to the said claim, this new device will be a direct competition to Amazon’s Echo device that uses the Alexa app. Now, renowned market analyst from KGI Securities, Ming-Chi Kuo, published a report saying Apple is indeed working on the said device.
He also speculated that the Siri hardware will be unveiled during the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The said device will be sold at a much higher price thanks to its premium specs and superb audio quality. Kuo also added that the device in question will have a total of eight speakers, seven tweeters and a subwoofer.
While Kuo did not give any specific detail on how the device would look like, Dickson somehow had an idea on how it might turn out to be. According to Dickson, the Siri hardware will have similar design features as the Mac Pro or the UE Megaboom speaker.
On the subject of performance, Kuo stated that the upcoming device will sport the same processor that is current being used on an iPhone 6s. This means that the Siri device will probably be equipped with an Apple A9 chip. If not that, an A8X chip is also a possible candidate.
For now, Kuo did not mention anything about the supposed release of the device other than it will be more expensive than the Amazon Echo. However, there is a strong chance that consumers might be able to get their hands on the Siri speaker before the end of the year.
Finally, Kuo also claims that Apple is also considering another smaller device that will compete directly to the Amazon Echo Dot. This device, as he predicts, will be powered by the W1 chip; the same chip on the Apple AirPods wireless earbuds. For more tech updates, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.