New Apple TV Will Rival the Amazon Echo?

New Apple TV Will Rival the Amazon Echo?

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Earlier this week, a report said that Apple was working on an Amazon Echo competitor. A new report today from VentureBeat says that competitor may come in the form of a refreshed Apple TV.

The company will build on its enhancements to the Apple TV announced last year, which brought the Siri virtual assistant to the set-top box. A new version of the Apple TV will solve problems with the existing box and remote control, a source familiar with the matter claims.

“They want Apple TV to be just the hub of everything,” the source told VentureBeat.

Apple reportedly considered several options including building a standalone speaker, using the Siri Remote as the key device, or turning the Apple TV into a more comprehensive assistant. The problem with using the remote as a hub is that it needs to be recharged.

The new Apple TV would eventually get its own microphone and speaker and Apple is working on additional computing infrastructure to handle processing queries and serving up results.

The end goal for Apple is to own the living room and the connected home in general, according to the report. It will be interesting to see how well merging Echo like hardware with a set-top box will work. Often the Apple TV is placed in a cabinet or with other home theater components which isn't located as central as the Amazon Echo or Google Home devices would be.

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New Apple TV Will Rival the Amazon Echo?
Cthulhu - May 27, 2016 at 2:59am
I love Apple but Siri is absolute garbage. Google Now and Alexa are far better. It's really not even close.
. - May 27, 2016 at 5:18am
Siri is actually decent to me, and there's cortana, one of the most fallen behind voice assistants in history, a true form of garbage.
Stfu - May 27, 2016 at 1:33am
Gucci out 4 months early. Da Trap God iz back gang gang 300
beingcory - May 26, 2016 at 10:55pm
so now I need to upgrade my sucky upgraded Apple TV? screw you Apple and your stupid voice assistant--Siri. Apple has a real problem and it's not the echo. it's Siri. she's mediocre and doesn't understand much of nothing most of the time. I upgraded to the voice version of Apple TV and have never felt so duped in my entire life. my $49 fire TV stick puts Apple and Siri to shame. Alexa is a dream. can't wait to play with Google home.
PHUKAI - May 26, 2016 at 11:01pm
Siri understands me very well and the voice assistant to me is as good as they say it is. I'd say it's on par with amazons assistant. Your "sucky" Apple TV can be jailbroken to get kodi to work on it. Screw you though.
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