For almost a couple of months now, Apple has been rumored to be working on an Amazon Echo counterpart, the oft-mentioned Siri Speaker. Many are expecting the Cupertino company to unveil the said device during this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, CA. The event, which will take place on Monday, June 5, will be the first since 2013 to introduce a new device during the proceedings.
Unfortunately, as exciting as it may sound, it seems like anyone hoping to acquire the Siri Speaker later this month will be in for a rude awakening. According to a recent report from Bloomberg, source close to Apple claims that the device will not be released until much later. Instead of the expected June release, consumers might have to wait until the last quarter of 2017.
This is quite surprising since the alleged Siri Speaker is already in production at the moment. Right now, nobody knows why Apple has decided on the delay. Nonetheless, this could prove to be detrimental in terms of possible sales.
Amazon is expected to ship the Echo Show around the 28th of June. By missing the supposed release date for the Siri Speaker, Apple is effectively giving Amazon a free reign on the initial sales for the virtual assistant hardware.
Until this point, not a lot of details are known about the rumored Siri device from Apple. The latest report from Bloomberg claims that, to beat the competition, the Siri Speaker offers far superior speakers with surround sound capabilities. Furthermore, the device will also have full integration with all of Apple’s products. Other than those information, nothing much has been revealed.
It is still too soon to say whether the Siri Speaker will indeed be a hit even for hardcore Apple fans. A few years back, Apple has released a device with a slightly similar concept. However, due to steep pricing, the product was eventually pull from the market in about a year and a half. For more updates on the Siri Speaker, be sure to check us out at The Bitbag.