Those ever-wise "people with knowledge of the matter" told Bloomberg News that the speaker is coming, and is made by Inventec, which also makes AirPods.
Apple has started production on a smart speaker powered by Siri and it could announce the device as soon as WWDC next week, say sources speaking to Bloomberg. The use of HomeKit potentially could lock in customers in Apple's network and prevent them from using Amazon Echo or Google Home devices for those tasks.
We wouldn't count on seeing a new Apple TV at WWDC 2017, but it's possible and could well come with support for 4K and HDR content. The device, which will take on Amazon Echo and Google Home, will give Siri a physical embodiment within the home.
Munster, managing partner at Loup Ventures, put the odds of Apple unveiling a Siri home assistant product at "60% certainty".
The Taiwanese manufacturer, Inventec who now make the Apple AirPods Wireless headphones is believed to be the maker of the new speakers.
Other tidbits from the report include the reality that Apple has been working on this product for a long time. The device likely won't be available until later this year, however. That set of products generated $11 billion in sales past year.
WWDC typically doesn't introduce a lot of new hardware to the mix, but it makes sense for Apple to show off its planned speaker there, especially if, as rumored, it's going to mean greater integration between the Siri assistant and third-party apps and services. Now Apple has rolled the latest version of iOS 10.3.2 and is even launched the iOS 10.3.3 beta version, but the hackers group is still silence on its iOS 10 Jailbreak Release. The company also considered including sensors that would measure a room's acoustics and automatically adjust audio levels.
This was a concept that Sonos tried to rollout but abandoned it because of a lack of consumer interest.
Tech experts are anticipating that the Cupertino based tech company is using the Pangu hacking team to get the iOS device users into upgrading to iOS 10.3.1, but this move of the tech giant is said to prevent the iOS hackers to roll out their own iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak tool. But the main thing is to provide a connection to automate appliances and lights through the HomeKit system.