For Apple, a sensible speaker can be a very long time coming. Its sensible residence platform, HomeKit, was introduced at WWDC 2014 — months earlier than the shock unveiling of the primary Amazon Echo. Three years later, we’re nonetheless ready for Apple to introduce a voice-management speaker that is not tied to its cellular software program iOS.
Voice-management audio system just like the Amazon Echo and the Google House have gone a great distance to assist unify our related units. Not solely is voice management a simple entry level to gadget management for many relations, standalone audio system additionally assist deliver the performance to the middle of the house in a approach that Apple’s iOS-based mostly HomeKit has not but managed to do.
You possibly can ask Amazon’s Alexa to set a 15-minute kitchen timer, to remind you to offer your canine his coronary heart worm capsule — and even to regulate the thermostat. You should use Google’s House to comply with together with a recipe or to show in your favourite Netflix present (with assist from Chromecast). Apple’s HomeKit can do lots of the identical issues by means of its iOS 10 House app and Siri, however enter is restricted to cellular units, together with the Apple Watch. (As of final yr’s MacOS Sierra replace, Siri is on the Mac, too — nevertheless it’s much more restricted.) Including a standalone speaker to compete with Amazon and Google might go an extended strategy to making Apple extra aggressive within the sensible residence area.
If something, the delay has helped gasoline hypothesis about Apple’s plans. This is an summary of all the rumors we have heard within the months main as much as WWDC 2017. (Notice that Apple didn’t instantly reply to our request for remark.)
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