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Rumor: Apple is working on an Amazon Echo rival and Siri SDK

The Information reports that Apple is working on “an Amazon Echo-like device with a speaker and microphone that people can use to turn on music, get news headlines or set a timer.” The Echo (pictured) is Amazon’s voice-activated smart home speaker.

The article adds that Siri, Apple’s “digital assistant,” will power the gadget. The Information says that Siri will be opened up to third-party developers through an SDK [software development kit] to be unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference next month. (Siri is also rumored to be coming to the Mac.)

While Siri supports some third-party services such as Yelp, Apple hasn’t yet released an SDK that any developer can use to create Siri-powered services. However, Amazon rolled out an SDK last year for Alexa, the voice assistant powering its Echo speaker line.

Chances the rumor is true (IMHO): 60%. I’m almost certain Apple will offer a Siri SDK. I’m less certain about a voice-activated speaker.


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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.