As expected, the speaker would act as a hub for HomeKit, but it would also serve the additional objective of tying customers more tightly into the Apple ecosystem, and providing a competitive option to the Amazon Echo and Google Home that supports services such as Apple Music, thereby stemming a potential tide of users who might defect to rival services such as Spotify, Amazon Prime, or Google Play after buying a competing smart speaker.
- Those rumors of Apple unveiling a Siri-enabled speaker just got a little more tangible.
By announcing the device now, Apple will give developers time to begin integrating with the speaker before its release.
While the speakers wouldn't go on sale until later this year, they could be announced in June at Apple's developers' conference.
MLB expected to reduce Harper's suspension by 1 game
The bad blood between the two stemmed from a pair of home runs Harper hit off Strickland in the 2014 playoffs. "I don't know. After being hit in the hip by a pitch from Giants' reliever Will Strickland, Harper charged the mound and a brawl ensued.
Foreign fighters among militants in Philippines
Clashes erupted on Tuesday as the military moved to hunt down Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, who was sighted in Marawi City. Authorities said the militants had killed 19 civilians in Marawi, a mostly Muslim-populated city of 200,000 people.
But, Mark Gurman reported that, "Apple's speaker won't include such a screen, according to people who have seen the product". That product was created to more closely resemble a Sonos-like Wifi-connected device without a smart assistant, and was killed by Apple following the acquisition.
Bloomberg's recent report said the device will have an engraving that will say: "Designed by Apple in California".
Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg says the device will come without a touchscreen, offer virtual surround sound technology, will allow for Apple Music integration and function as a HomeKit hub.
An Apple spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. Apple will also reportedly let third parties build services for it.
Reportedly, the speaker will not only play music and other audio, but it's also aimed squarely at the smart home - internet connected devices like lights and appliances that can be controlled remotely. Users will be able to book an Uber or send WhatsApp messages, the report suggests.
CNN fires Kathy Griffin
I was wrong", she tweeted . "My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron , are having a hard time with this", he added. Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Trump's one-time campaign rival Hillary Clinton, called the photo " vile and wrong ".
Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner taking 'heads down' approach
But Trump immediately railed against administration leaks in a flurry of tweets Sunday, calling them "fabricated lies". Congressional Democrats have demanded to hear directly from Kushner about the allegations against him, CBS reported .
Armed man arrested at Phoenix Comicon
All costume props are no longer allowed, including foam and cardboard props, shields and sabers. If you buy a prop weapon, police will require you keep it sealed while you're inside the venue.
US Treasury slaps sanctions on 8 Venezuela court justices
The U.S. move marks the second round of sanctions Trump has imposed on high-level Venezuelan officials since taking office. The country faces severe hunger and a public health crisis, but the president has refused entry to any humanitarian aid.