While Apple’s Siri speaker could be unveiled as early as next month at WWDC, its still unclear if the device will feature a screen. That’s according to new information from Bloomberg.
In a profile about the newly introduced Amazon Echo Show, features a tidbit about Apple’s rumored product:
Apple employees have been testing a device at home for several months, according to people familiar with the matter. While marketing chief Phil Schiller recently talked up the benefits of having a screen on a voice-activated device, it’s not clear whether the Apple version will in fact have one.
In a recent interview, Schiller downplayed the Echo and Google Home saying not having a screen doesn’t work in many situations.
Interestingly, in the Bloomberg report, an Amazon executive said the company was open to adding Apple Music support to the Echo:
The new Echo will stream music from Amazon’s own service, Spotify and Pandora, but not Apple Music. “We’d love to have Apple, but they’re not super big” on opening up Apple Music integration, Limp says. (Apple Music subscribers can do a workaround by streaming audio from their smartphone to the Echo device via Bluetooth.)
Previous reports stated that the Apple device will take design cues from both the Mac Pro and UE’s popular Boom line. It will apparently run a variant of iOS.