Apple readies second new hardware category under CEO Tim Cook

“Apple reportedly has begun production on a voice-response smart speaker, the company’s second new hardware product category to be introduced since Tim Cook became chief executive nearly six years ago,” Patrick Seitz reports for Investor’s Business Daily. “Bloomberg said Wednesday that an Apple contract manufacturer in Taiwan has started production of a Siri-controlled smart speaker. ”

“Apple’s smart speaker will differ from the competition by offering superior audio quality and better support for connected Apple devices, Bloomberg said,” Seitz reports. “Since Cook became CEO in August 2011, taking the reins from legendary co-founder Steve Jobs, Apple has come out with just one new category of hardware, the Apple Watch smartwatch.”

“About 14% of U.S. households have a smart speaker like Amazon Echo or Google Home, Technalysis Research said Wednesday. Of those devices, 60% were acquired in the last six months, Technalysis analyst Bob O’Donnell said,” Seitz reports. “Amazon dominates the smart-speaker market now, with 71% of devices in use in U.S. homes, Technalysis said. Google Home is a distant second with 26% share.”

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MacDailyNews Take: How stupid or oblivious do you have to be to install a Google listening device in your home? We’re amazed the brains of such poor souls can even manage involuntary movements like breathing and blinking.

Once they finally get something shipping in quantity, it’ll be fun to watch how quickly Apple takes the top end of the market away from Amazon’s Echo since Apple’s solution will certainly have unique advantages within Apple’s ecosystem that makes it the obvious choice for Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch users. — MacDailyNews, May 10, 2017

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21 Comments

  1. Based on MDN’s poll, as of today 38.75 of the respondents would be interested in a Siri Speaker. GIven that about 55 million US households own at least one Apple product (the average is more like 1.6), the speaker could be a resounding success.

    1. I’ve had Siri on my phone since 2011and can count the number of times I’ve used it on two hands. I have a hard time getting excited about products that a) are just an Apple version of existing products, and b) products that are designed to make us even lazier and more stupid than we already are in the 21st century. I’ve never been a ‘fanboi’. I liked Apple’s stuff because at one time it really was the best and most useful (some of it still is). I miss the days when technology actually solved problems rather than invented problems to solve. I’m going to wait and see, unleashing a ‘bursting dam of product’ is meaningless if it’s a river of poop.

  2. Under Pipeline Tim Apple has followed rather than lead.

    Bigger phones like Samsung? Check.
    Watches like Fitbit and Samsung? Check.
    IOT Speaker for the hone like Amazon and Google? Check.
    Rental Music like Microsoft, Real Networks, Tidal, Spotify, Pandora? Check.
    Online office apps like Google and Microsoft? Check.
    News Aggregator App like any number of apps? Check.

    Meanwhile, the Macintosh languishes while Apple pimps Coffee Table books and watch bands.

    1. Really, do you have to repost stuff like this? And do you realize that even under SJ, Apple products were not generally the first of their type to the market?

      OSX/macOS is based on FreeBSD UNIX…
      iPod was another music player…
      iPhone was another smartphone…

      So your list doesn’t really matter as long as Apple focuses on the following:
      1) Insanely great products
      2) Customer experience and ease of use
      4) Product quality, reliability, and performance
      4) Product value (life cycle, not just purchase price)
      4) Clean and intuitive Integration with the Apple ecosystem

      Right now, I am not that concerned about Apple releasing revolutionary new products. I am more concerned with refining iCloud, iTunes, Siri, Maps, and other apps and functions, as well as releasing kick ass new desktop and laptop Macs. Releasing the “next big thing” would be great, but only if the underlying Apple ecosystem is cleaned up and evolved.

      1. You are only partially correct. Apple’s products often *implemented* existing technology to create something *new*.

        OS X was based not just on FreeBSD but on NeXT, and it’s design was revolutionary compared to *anything* around at the time, Tim Berners Lee created the freaking WWW using NeXT. Saying the iPhone was just another smartphone or the iPod just another player is pure silliness. Both of those products reshaped entire industries forever with their design and accompanying features and services. Literally nothing that we know about in Apple’s pipeline has that kind of oomph. The Apple Watch is really neat, but I would hardly call it essential, for example, whereas virtually every phone is an iteration of the original iPhone on some level, and nearly everyone uses them.

  3. “About 14% of U.S. households have a smart speaker like Amazon Echo or Google Home, Technalysis Research said Wednesday”

    This estimate seems really high. I’m a techie, and I live in Silicon Valley, and none of my friends have these things. And if the aggregate US uptake was 14%, Silicon Valley would be over 50%. I smell sample skew.

    1. True, but the delay to get one is a cluster f😀ck. I ordered AirPods for my mom a week before Mother’s Day and the rep said 6 weeks. How can a product released 6 months ago have a 6 week delivery time? Are fish making these things under the ocean or something?

      Imagine if Siri is vastly improved and the smart speaker doesn’t look like a giant Tootsie Roll or oversized air freshner. Is the wait to receive one of these speakers going to be 6 months or a year?

    1. And don’t forget the USB-C to Lightning connectors, Lightning to 3.5mm head phone jacks.

      That makes about 50 new devices.

      /cantInnovateMyArse

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