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Nichole Vega
June 3, 2017

Bloomberg reports the device will have "virtual surround sound", with better sound quality than its closest competitors, Amazon Echo or Google Home. In addition, the Siri Speaker will give Apple users a new hub for controlling HomeKit-enabled devices around their home. Apple reportedly has also mulled the idea of including sensors that auto-adjust sound levels based on room noise, which means it might be able to lower music if you're talking, but that's not confirmed. However, just like other similar devices in the market, Apple's Siri will take up commands and answer users' questions, play music or even lock automatic door locks.

Apple has begun the production of Siri speaker aka smart speaker ahead of the highly-anticipated Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) starting June 5 through June 9 in San Jose, California.

The Apple's voice-activated speaker will be different from Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers and will be shipped later in the year, the people said. The report says that a WWDC unveiling for the product remains possible, but Apple won't be shipping the device until later in the year.

Apple might also let third-party services develop products for the Siri device, the report said.

But the biggest benefit to Apple won't be from sales of the new smart speaker, but how it impacts Apple's services ecosystem.

Some of those detail just how Apple will attempt to set its Siri speaker apart from rivals.

It was reported earlier this month that Apple employees were testing the Siri speaker in their homes for several months.

If Apple unveils the Siri Speaker at the show along with a refreshed MacBook Pro line, WWDC will be packed with new products.

At its annual developers gathering in May, Google announced an array of new partnerships and capabilities for Home smart speakers.

The Siri speaker is also expected to lay huge emphasis on "superior" sound quality to sell its competitive product in the market.

With the launch of a new iPhone - possibly called the iPhone 8 - later this year, the new iOS will be tailored to work on the upcoming handset.

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