Less than a week after hearing about Google’s voice-controlled home assistant, The Information says that Apple has a similar inclination. The Cupertino company will reportedly open up the Siri API to third-party developers in the near future and will eventually make its own Amazon Echo rival.
Like the Echo, Apple’s hardware variant will be equipped “with a speaker and microphone that people can use to turn on music, get news headlines or set a timer,” according to The Information. For years, people have been looking forward to the seemingly inevitable merger of HomeKit (Apple’s smart home ecosystem) and Apple TV as the brain of your smart home. But this report suggests that the hub will be a completely new device, separate from the Apple TV.