After debating for years about how to do so, the company will finally open Siri up to work with apps made by others. To provide this functionality, Apple will release a software developer kit (SDK), according to a source with direct knowledge. It's possible that the SDK could be unveiled as soon as WWDC next month, alongside the rumored launch of Siri for Mac.
In addition, Apple is said to be working on a hardware device that would rival the Amazon Echo. Amazon's hands free speaker with built-in Alexa personal assistant has been a big success for the company. Steve Wozniak even called it the 'The Next Big Platform'. Just a few days ago, Google unveiled its own competitor to the Echo, dubbed 'Google Home' but it doesn't ship until later this year.
Apple's device is said to feature a speaker and microphone that people can use to turn on music, get news headlines or set a timer. It's not clear if the device will shown off at WWDC but you can follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates.