The Economic Daily News reports that Taiwan-based Inventec, which has always been a supplier for Apple, has received orders for production of the company's first smart speaker. According to reliable sources, the tech giant's first home device will likely be unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference this June. The news came straight from "Economic Daily News", a Taiwan-based Chinese publication. Earlier this week both tech blogger Sonny Dickson and KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the device-which would allow for control of HomeKit devices using Siri in addition to being a speaker-could launch as early as WWDC in June.
The Amazon Echo was announced in 2015, and since then the only competitor in that market has been Google's Home, leaving consumers wondering when Apple would get into the game. Like Amazon Echo, more extended models could be launched going forward (e.g. we think W1 chip is very suitable for products similar to Amazon Echo Dot), so there may be further shipments growth potential. Additionally, it will have an integrated processor, probably the A8 or A9 from the iPhone 6 or 6s. Amazon's own line of smart speakers featuring the intelligent personal assistant Alexa. Things went quiet for a few months, but last week Dickson - an established Australian Apple leaker - claimed to have insider information with more details.
YouTubeKuo points out that Siri supports 18 languages, whereas Amazon Echo can only be used in English. On the audio side, he says Apple will be including a woofer and seven tweeters; the Echo has a two-driver setup with one woofer and one tweeter. However, interest in the Apple smart speaker is still expected to be high, and Kuo believes that the company will ship at least 10 million units just this year if his predictions regarding the announcement and production timeline are accurate.