Apple rumored to unveil an SDK to make Siri an Amazon Echo/Google Home competitor

Apple rumored to unveil an SDK to make Siri an Amazon Echo/Google Home competitor
This probably shouldn't be a surprise to anyone but new rumors say that Apple wants to make Siri into a competitor to the Amazon Echo and Google Home. The trend of chat apps and voice assistants right now is to open up and hook into third-party services, and word has it that Apple is planning to announce an SDK for Siri to do just that.

The Amazon Echo kind of flew under the radar for a bit. We recently saw Viv and Google Home with Google assistant as new entries/upgrades in the "do more" voice assistant game. Now, a report says Apple will be expanding its limited Siri integrations with an SDK that will allow any developer to hook into the system. Presumably, we'll see that unveiled at WWDC in a couple weeks, since that is Apple's developer conference and where you'd expect to see an SDK. 

Additionally, Apple is supposedly working on a standalone piece of hardware like the Echo or Home. The rumor is that Apple has been working on this device since before Amazon released the Echo, but we're not too sure how believable that is. Either way, Apple is rumored to be working on a web-connected device with a speaker (Beats?) and integration with HomeKit. It will undoubtedly also have AirPlay support so it could work with Apple TV. 

No word on when such a device might be released, but later this year would be a reasonable educated guess, if Apple has been working on it as long as reports claim. 

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22 Comments

1. launernoon

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Now apple decided to make everyone thinks that google and amazon "copied" them. Good job!

2. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Just curious, but did you even bother to actually READ the article?

3. launernoon

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

What? You want people to belive apple has been working on everyting before other companies release a new product? How about apple created the sun before our solar system even exist?

4. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

Lol...

5. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"How about apple created the sun before our solar system even exist?" A) *existed* B) The sun helped TOO FORM the solar system, not the other way around genius :D. C) Nahhh....they just managed to design a prototype, discuss a marketing plan, and get materials to build a brand new products a few days after Google I/O. No way they had some sort of device in the works before then!/s

6. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

"helped TO form"- you asked for it. this is a rumor, and rumor like this always comes up after a coy released somthing new. Why? Because apple is just too ashamed to admit they copy other's idea.- nuff said

8. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Thanks for the correction (I blame Aboard :D) but do you honestly think Apple cares about who did what first? They are going to sell the most Home units anyway, so why would they waist the effort? The answer is simple, Siri. She just isn't good enough at the moment to be a personal A.I. and it's apparent to everyone. She lacks several qualities that make Google's and Amazon's assistants better, and Apple has to correct that before bringing their offering to market.

13. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

so finally you admitted that Apple doesn't care who did it first= you admitted Apple copies thus doesnt care. But why do they still file lawsuits against companies that "dont care who did it first"? IF (and this is a big if) Samsung doesn't care who did it first and copies Apple in anyway- Apple sues them. Apple copies others- "Apple doesn't care who did it first" Is this the best excuse you can come up with? LMAO

16. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I'm not going to engage this because I don't indulge in idiotic assumptions, but consider this. "For every first, there's a second, and the second is probably better." -Kiko007 2016 :D

17. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

oooo someone couldn't think of a solid argument thus calling people's statement idiotic. good on ya!

20. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

It was a joke :D. Try to lighten up a bit.

19. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

"For every first, there's a second, and the second is probably better." -Kiko007 2016 :D so all the apple fans claim that Apple came up with the first ever capacitive touchscreen smartphone, does this mean they are indirectly admitting that other smartphones are better than the shitty iphones? LMAO

21. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

More assumptions I see. I hate break it to you, but the first iPhone came out 9 years ago lol. I highly doubt there are many people still using that same model. Enjoy hating Apple, and have a nice life :D.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Steve JOBS said that Apple is shameless about stealing. They aren't ashamed. It's just no one cares when Apple steals because it's never seen as stolen. It's only seen as stolen after Apple steals it and then someone steals from them. Exams, Xerox didn't sue Apple after they stole the concept of the Star computer. It was only after Microsoft stole it from them and Apple tried to sue that Xerox decided to say Apple stole it. By then it was too late.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It really doesn't matter if Apple does it first or not. You can guarantee it will be boring, limited compared too the competition and will only be available on a new device to get you to buy it.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

A - typical fanboy. Can't argue so look for bad Grammer and mistakes. B - you know this because you were there to see this happen? Or do you believe everything science tells you Though a.solar system is based on the fact Aneta revolve around a star, or sun dowsnt mean the sun has to be first. A system can exist, the main star just creates some organization. But you're assuming the star has to be their first and it's simply not true. After all the milky way Galaxy is a system of multiple solar systems that vall spend together, yet there is no star in the center. Hmmm. Blows your theory. Since they have no device to show, they could have did just that. After all Apple original concept of the iPhone was scraped after seeing the LG Prada in 2007, yet they still managed to release a phone in 2007. How? But simply making the phone parts git the new deaign.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Proofreading helps. Grammer, so look, though a.solar system, downst, their first, vall, scraped, git.

15. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

A- Typical idiotic response I expect from you :D. B- "Do you believe everything science tells you!" Uhhh....when up against some angry internet stranger.....yes!!!! Did you even have to ask that? BTW he said "The Sun" not "a star". The Sun is the name of our star, to which what I said earlier applies. Our Sun helped formed our solar system.....that is undeniable fact. C- You would still see motion in production lines for components. The media would be all over that.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Did you even bother to even understand what he saying? Oh no not hardky. It's impossible for Ifans to comprehend anything. You all are not capable.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What he saying?, not hardky.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol XD. It's pure comedic gold.

23. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Someone needs to make something like this into lightbulbs. Like, who wouldn't want to talk to a lightbulb? Power efficient light bulbs that can set your calendar! Come on, that would be awesome!

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