It is reported that Apple has been developing voice-activated speakers for a couple of years and now prepares for the official launch.

It is rumored that Apple is finalizing a strong rival to the Amazon Echo and the Google Home voice-activated speakers. Voice-activated speaker powered by Siri will be able to cope with a number of tasks including controlling smart-home devices, setting timers and reminders, streaming Apple Music songs, checking weather conditions, and mapping capabilities.

If the Apple’s speaker, code-named “B238”, has AirPlay support as reported, it will be able to stream content or mirror your iOS device to a TV screen.

Apple will perhaps create a separate operating system for the speaker’s platform similar to the way tvOS was created for the Apple TV and watchOS was created for the Apple Watch.

Some tweets of Mashable’s VP of Content Strategy Jen Ryall, who spoke with credible Apple device leaker Sonny Dickson about it, contain hints at the design of the device.

According to Dickson, the device that Apple prefers to keep secret will be round with a speaker mesh covering it all and concave at the top where the controls will be located. It will likely look similar to the Mac Pro with some details from the UE Boom Bluetooth speaker. Apple subsidiary Beats Electronics has developed a special technology for the in-built speakers.

Dickson has already gained a reputation of a professional Apple leaker.  He was the first to unveil photos of the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPad mini 2 and iPad 5, and Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Besides, Dickson predicted the revamping of the lockscreen interface on iOS 10. He gets information from individuals that purchase prototype parts from assembly-line workers.

Last month, Dickson hinted at the schematics of the iPhone 8’s rear-casing in one of his tweets. We will see if camera lenses have a vertical dual camera setup instead of the horizontal dual camera setup at the official launch of a new iPhone line in September.

Allegedly, Apple will launch its voice-activated speaker at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) that will take place between June 5th and June 9th.

Apple started developing voice-activated speakers several years ago when HomeKit was released. HomeKit is a framework for communicating with and controlling connected accessories in a user’s home. It allowed smart-home companies to integrate products with Siri. There were some prototypes that included facial recognition sensors for security and customization purposes.

Apple has been experimenting with smaller and larger sized models and finally the company is preparing for the launch of its speaker.

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