Apple’s standalone Siri could look a lot like Echo Show

echotouchscreen Amazon’s new Echo
Show voice assistant.
Photo: Amazon

Apple’s Amazon Echo rival standalone Siri speaker will come
with a touch-sensitive display, claims KGI Securities analyst
Ming-Chi Kuo.

In a note to
clients over the weekend, Kuo suggested that the Siri home
speaker will have a “touch panel,” although it’s not known
whether this will be a full-on screen or a simpler touch-based
interface of some sort.

Kuo’s note
comes shortly after Apple’s Phil Schiller said that voice
assistant should boast screens to go alongside their
voice-based input.

“[There are] many moments where a
voice assistant is really beneficial, but that doesn’t mean
you’d never want a screen,” Schiller said during a
recent interview
in Bengaluru, India. “So the idea of not
having a screen — I don’t think it suits many situations.”

comments, and Kuo’s report, follow Amazon’s
unveiling of its next generation Siri product
: the Echo
Show. The $229.99 device was made available for pre-order last
week, offering the usual smart speaker functionality, as well
as a new screen for video calls, video flash briefings,
YouTube, karaoke-style music lyrics, security camera
integration and more. From the sound of things, Apple’s version
could appear similar.

Amazon Echo rival might debut as soon as next month’s
WWDC. Apple has reportedly been working on a smart speaker for
around two years ago, with a September report
from Bloomberg claiming the device had

entered the prototyping stage
, complete with facial
recognition that would allow it to identify multiple users.

Last week,
tipster Sonny Dickson tweeted that the design of the device is
now being finalized. It is thought to be powered by a version
of iOS, carrying “some form” of Beats technology.

Apple Insider

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