There have been countless rumors over the past couple of months that Apple is working on a new product that will take on the likes of the Amazon Echo. The company is apparently building a smart speaker of its own which will be powered by Siri. Apple has obviously not said anything about it as yet but a new report suggests that the speaker may have already entered production.
The Economic Daily News reports that Taiwan-based Inventec, which has long been a supplier for Apple, has received orders for production of the company’s first smart speaker. The report suggests that Inventec may have already started production of the speaker.
What the report doesn’t clarify is that whether Inventec is merely going to be readying components for the Siri speaker or if it’s going to be assembling the device as well.
Inventec is currently tasked with producing Apple’s AirPods. It has been a supplier for Apple since the days of the iPod. This report seems to suggest that Inventec will actually be building the Siri speaker, which makes sense, given that Apple’s main supplier Foxconn is building the Amazon Echo.
Rumor has it that the Siri speaker is going to be a premium audio device with a custom ARM processor, one woofer, and seven tweeters. It may even have Apple’s W1 Bluetooth chip.
No word as yet on how much it’s going to cost. Some expect that the company will launch the Siri speaker at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2017 next month.