Everything we know about the rumoured Siri speaker

Apple's long-rumoured Siri smart speaker is already in production, according to a new report by Mark Gurman at Bloomberg.

Shares of Apple closed lower on Wednesday.

Apple is looking to differentiate the Siri speaker from its competitors, including Amazon's Echo devices and Google Home gadgets.

Bloomberg reports the device will have "virtual surround sound", with better sound quality than its closest competitors, Amazon Echo or Google Home. That sounds somewhat similar to the TruePlay feature available from Sonos speakers, which uses a microphone on a mobile device to optimize sound output for that specific environment.

Last week, we also reported that the iPhone maker is preparing to unveil its voice-activated speaker at its Worldwide Developers Conference. Naturally, its other differentiators would be Apple services, such as Apple Music, and integration with the company's devices. According to Bloomberg, manufacturing of the device has already begun, with Inventec building it for Apple.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Apple is testing speakers that generate virtual surround sound, greater volume and crisper sound than rival products.

Additionally, a new Bloomberg report sheds some more light on how Apple may carve out space for itself in a market now dominated by Google and Amazon.

Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference kicks off on Monday, June 5, with an opening keynote.

Apple is also expected to announce a refresh MacBook lineup, and potentially a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model. Apple will also embrace third-party services through the Siri-controlled speaker, as is did within iOS 10 past year.

Apple has "considered including sensors that measure a room's acoustics and automatically adjust audio levels during use", the report claims. Last year, Apple opened up Siri on the iPhone to the likes of Uber Technologies Inc. and Facebook Inc., allowing a user to order a ride or send a WhatsApp message with a voice command.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top After Meeting This Dominican-American Cashier, Lorde Invited Her to Gov Ball
Jun 01, 2017 - 00:45
In other Lorde news, she is planning to roll out a new song this Friday, just in time for her huge New York City festivals set. Liquiteria employee Emely posted a video saying the singer was the first famous person she'd ever served.

Nearly Half of Donald Trump's Twitter Followers Are Fake Accounts and Bots
Jun 01, 2017 - 00:43
The president experienced an increase of 2.3 million followers in May, adding approximately 573,000 followers each week. Trump also has an official Twitter account, @POTUS , which stands for president of the United States.

Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike ends after marathon negotiations
May 31, 2017 - 05:26
The Free Marwan Barghouti campaign said in statement that "the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike prevailed". Barghouti's lawyer was finally allowed to meet him a month after the strike started .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top IAS officer drowns while saving female colleague in Delhi swimming pool
May 31, 2017 - 05:22
Dahiya had come here from Sonepat on Monday evening to meet his friend Abhimanyu Gahlaut at the institute, a family member said. He was married for a year-and-a-half to his doctor (MBBS) wife Pragya Dahiya, who is also preparing for civil services.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Merkel says Europe must take fate into own hands
May 30, 2017 - 05:28
At the G7 Summit last week, leaders, including Merkel, failed to convince Trump to commit to stay in the Paris climate deal. Angela Merkel believe that Germany and Europe can not depend on the U.S. under Donald Trump .

PM to embark on 4-nation tour tomorrow
May 30, 2017 - 05:28
Mukherjee said the subjects chosen by the prime minister in " Mann Ki Baat " affect the lives of a billion people. He will also visit the world famous State Hermitage Museum and the Institute of Oriental manuscripts.

Kevin Durant apologizes for any 'disrespect' in comments about playoff blowouts
May 29, 2017 - 04:22
But, make no mistake, it was an incredible season from which fans can derive joy. But one thing about it, he's definitely not a liability on the floor".

Raikkonen takes pole for Monaco GP; Hamilton finishes 14th
May 29, 2017 - 04:21
When he came back out, Vettel was in front of Raikkonen while Ricciardo - second here past year - had jumped ahead of Bottas. Hamilton had a near miss early into Q2 when his auto wobbled at the Massenet turn and he complained of a lack of grip.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Predators looking to clinch series on home ice Monday
May 29, 2017 - 04:20
Perhaps the biggest strength of the Predators is their ability to defend, which was on full display in the third period of Game 5. "So put a smile on our face, enjoy it, get ready, and feel good about a tough game in their rink and what can come from that".

Manchester Police Make Another Arrest in Bomb Attack Probe
May 29, 2017 - 04:19
Nine men - aged between 18 and 44 - are in custody on suspicion of terror offences, in connection with Monday's attack. A Salford university spokesman, asked if it had told the SLC Abedi had dropped out, said: "We can not comment".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Egypt's answer to latest attack reflects despair, resolve
May 29, 2017 - 04:11
But many Copts complain that the Egyptian authorities are not doing enough to protect them, says the BBC's Orla Guerin in Cairo . The Minya attack is the latest in a series of deadly attacks on Egypt's Christians, following the Palm Sunday Suicide Bombings.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Oil slides after OPEC fails to do more; sterling drops on polls
May 27, 2017 - 04:38
Tokyo's Nikkei ended 0.6 percent down, while Hong Kong slipped 0.1 percent in the afternoon and Sydney finished 0.7 percent off. US crude prices were flat at $48.88 early on Friday, after losing 4.8 percent overnight, set to end the week 2.8 percent lower.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ariana Grande Cancels Upcoming Shows After Manchester Attack
May 27, 2017 - 04:36
Greater Manchester Police say two men were arrested overnight in Manchester and in the Withington area in the south of the city. Police also raided and searched a property elsewhere in Manchester where Abedi's brother Ismail is thought to have lived.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Victor Moses credits Chelsea boss Antonio Conte with resurrecting career
May 27, 2017 - 04:35
It is the issue that has divided Arsenal supporters for months, with many vociferously calling for him to end his 21-year stint. We are a little bit in our bubble, isolated. "I was in Paris on the night when (terror attacks) happened on November 13, 2015".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top The NFL changes, among others, celebration and IR rules
May 26, 2017 - 08:11
Players will now be able to use the ball as a prop, do group celebrations, go to the ground and even make snow angels. "We know that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown", Goodell wrote .