Apple’s new Siri speaker could be revealed at WWDC

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Apple could unveil its new smart speaker powered by Siri at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, according to new claims.

Earlier this week, we heard the company is currently in the process of finalizing the design of its first standalone Siri device, which is expected to take on the Amazon Echo. Now we have an idea what it might look like and when it could be revealed.

Apple reportedly began working on a smart speaker around two years ago, and a September report from Bloomberg claimed the device had entered the prototyping stage, complete with facial recognition that would allow it to identify multiple users.

Earlier this 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.

Dickson didn’t offer any other information at the time, but he has since told MacRumors that “someone inside Apple” described the device as “fat” like the Google Home speaker, with mesh fabric covering the majority of the device and a concave top similar to that of the Mac Pro.

Dickson was also told that Apple could unveil the device at WWDC in San Jose this June, however, the company’s plans could change before then.

Dickson became fairly popular on Twitter a few years ago when he began leaking various parts for unreleased iPhones and iPads that had been sourced from overseas. However, his latest claims regarding the next-generation iPhone and other Apple products allegedly comes from an Apple insider.