The new iPhone might not be the only smart thing Apple announces at WWDC


In a rare bout of fortune telling that surprisingly has nothing to do with upcoming iPhones, Apple rumormonger Ming-chi Kuo is touting a smart speaker announcement for this year's WWDC. It's high time Apple packed Siri into a stylish connected speaker to rival the likes of Amazon Echo and Google Home. Such a product would make complete sense and is pretty much ready for prime time, now that the technology for it is established and mature.

A Siri speaker will integrate tightly in Apple's ever-expanding HomeKit platform for making smart things like thermostats and lights talk to each other. Just yell at the thing from across the room, and you'll get the lights switched off – or whatever it is that you intended! Predictably, it will also integrate with iOS, Macs, and AirPlay streaming. Moreover, Apple will open up the speaker for developers looking to add Siri voice commands to their apps.

Kuo claims Apple went all-out audiophile on the speaker, adding seven tweeters and a subwoofer to its construction, We aren't sure what's the purpose of so many tweeters, other than simulating 7.1 audio, perhaps? Well, as long as the speaker sounds great, Apple can feel free to add 17 tweeters if it wants to. Additionally, it will have an integrated processor, probably the A8 or A9 from the iPhone 6 or 6s.

As for the release date, Kuo says Apple wants to bring out the speaker before the end of the year. An estimated 10 million shipments are expected in the first year on the market.

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source: 9to5mac.com

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21 Comments

1. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Wait, So this is actually a thing now? Apple will not, and i repeat, will not announce the iphone in june. Get over it guys.

2. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

This is PhoneArena. An analyst, who is paid to say what they say, has said it...so it must be true! Jokes aside, it would be a nice surprise. But I really, REALLY do not see Apple announcing an iPhone 8 in June, followed by a 7S/7S Plus in September. They'd be cannibalizing their own sales by doing such a thing. (I also highly doubt the premium model will even be called iPhone 8...but that's a whole different issue)

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It is just their desperate attempt to keep the stock propped up after the most recent iPhone sales slide. The previous quarter was a lie because they added an extra week and everyone pretended that they didn't notice, but now there is no excuse. So now they're pushing the "waiting for the iPhone 8" story and the more they mention it the more they hope people will be distracted enough to forget that there will be almost nothing new in the iPhone 8 as far as the rumors are saying.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You have got to be the most desperate troll I've ever encountered. Seriously, the fact that you were able to procreate does not bode well for humanity moving forward.

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6789; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

There's been so much hype over the iPhone 8, and rightfully so. A 10 year milestone is a pretty big deal and I'm sure lots of users are waiting to see what apple's idea of an anniversary edition phone is.

8. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

So, 3d sensing front camera, dual front cameras, AR capable rear camera, underglass fps, 10nm soc, edge to edge screen, advanced 3d touch module, wireless charging, all new battery tech engineering, glass and steel materials, new form factor, inscreen camera/speaker/infrared components aren't new to you? If these arent the most tecnologically advanced piece of hardware in a smartphone and by some distance (if it actually does happen), then you need help. This is aside the usuals like stereo speakers, water resistance, ios 11, dual rear cameras, 256g storage, 3gig ram (which is like 8gig ram on android), motion co-processor.

9. willard12 unregistered

Ming Chi Kuo's predictions have got nothing on yours. You've set the bar. I hope you're right.

12. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lol, we can only hope :D. Though, i feel the only that might not happen is the dual front cameras. The rest are almost a lock by now.. Time will tell anyway

15. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol none of those things are locked in. For that matter, people are expecting the iPhone 8 to be pushed into next year before none of the major tech they want is happening. As much as the hype train looks awesome, year over year you iFans confirm awesome tech but in the end always end up with some gimmick in the same shell as the year before.

19. MEeee

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Apple is very proud of you Sheeple.

6. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Actually, i think it will be 2 phones tbh. An iphone 8, and an iphone 8 plus. My guts though. I mean, how do they even announce 3 phones and market the supposed 'inferior' versions? Theres just something that doesnt add up tbh..

5. LovesCameras

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

Click bait. Thought it was all about a new Mac Pro.

10. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

I'm actually excited about the Pro Line. The Mac Pro has been in need of a dire upgrade since 2013. The fact that MKBHD uses it for video editing shows how Apple still has their A game on the PC market.

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

*A game in the video editing market The reason he cant switch to PC is because of final cut The reason he still uses the Mac Pro is because all the other Macs are even weaker

11. willard12 unregistered

"...now that the technology for it is established and mature. - Is the lack of maturity the reason Apple has given for not yet releasing this device or is PA projecting their hopes and aspirations on the company? PA always pulls out the Cheez-It cracker slogan to explain why Apple isn't first with something. There are thousands of other companies in the world and occasionally (or often) they release products before Apple. That doesn't mean the tech was immature when someone else did it. I know there is a strong desire to make Apple the " innovator for the world" , to quote Tim Cook. PA used this line about Apple not a having wireless charging because the tech "wasn't ready"and Apple wanted charging from a distance. They must have used their sources in Cupertino because Apple has never said any such thing. And later, Apple joined the QI consortium and pretty much killed that theory. Apple might release a Siri speaker, and those who use Siri will probably like it. It's just that simple. Now, we all know what would be said if another company decided to make a voice commanded speaker. Yes, I'm talking about the "C" word. But, because it's Apple, the technology just matured. And for the record, Apple is a great company. But their fans (including writers) are who give them the appearance of arrogance (Tim Cook and Steve Jobs quotes aside).

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Does Apple really have smart things to announce this year? I fail to see any.

14. AlikMalix unregistered

Don't be a troll... i'm beginning to like some of your posts...

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It was just a genuine question, AlikMalik. I didn't say Apple has no new tech to showcase, just that I fail to see any? Honestly, I even fail to see any new tech from Samsung so far other than the 10nm chipset which performs worse than the Exynos 14nm chipset ot last year, due to the 10nm not being matured enough for the time being. That is why the Exynos Galaxy S7 edge beats the Exynos Galaxy S8 in efficiency!!!

20. AlikMalix unregistered

That's fair.

18. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

We all know that it will be some crappy ihome device!

21. AlikMalix unregistered

iHome brand is a completely different company.

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