Apple working on speaker to rival Amazon’s Echo, Google Home: report

– Apple is working on two bold new moves to broaden its AI strategy, Engadget says citing a report by The Information.

First, the Cupertino firm will supposedly open up Siri to third-party developers, so that the voice assistant can be used with anyone’s apps, not just Apple’s own.

More interestingly, however, Apple is also apparently working on a smart Bluetooth speaker not unlike Amazon’s Echo or Google Home. It’ll have a microphone and is supposedly Siri-powered, so you’d be able to use it to turn on music, get headlines or do a variety of other tasks, like turning on the lights. According to a source for The Information, Apple has been working on this device long before the Echo launched last year.