Google is said to be releasing its Google Home smart home assistant device next week on October 4th, leaving Apple on the sidelines as Amazon and Google charge ahead into the market.
Apple is supposedly working on its own device that will rival both Google Home and Amazon Echo, using a Siri-based control system. Just like Home and Echo, Apple says its device will also control the various devices like locks, lights, and appliances via voice control. However, the one upper hand Apple may have later on is the Apple Watch. Home owners will be able to control their entire house via their wrist.
According sources, Apple's devices will be more sophisticated in terms of microphone and speaker technology. Prototypes are said to be testing facial recognition through sensors. Apple has acquired Faceshift and Emotient, two startups who have developed technology for facial recognition, over the last couple of years, which may be possibly helping Apple in its new product developed.
Apple is also hoping to use the speaker to not just control home devices, but to also handle others tasks typically carried out by Siri such as reading emails, streaming content or sending Tweets. Apple engineers are said to be testing the new product in their homes. Under development for over two years, the speaker project is a collaboration between Siri team and the company's hardware division