Rumor says Apple will launch a new, affordable smart speaker under Beats brand

21 May 2018
The rumor cites supply chain sources in Taiwan as its source. It says the speaker will cost somewhere around $199.

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  • Anonymous

Even the regular homepod was found to have worse AI features (or worse digital assistant anyway) with siri and worse sound quality compared to competition in the blind tests. Apple make solid stuff at high prices and some good stuff (regular ipad and airpods) at not so expensive prices when compared to competing products. I worry about this venture though if it's a new half price product that they didn't manage to do special themselves anyway. This is gonna be one of their failure products.

  • AnonD-83364

What kills me is Apple already owns beats, and already makes stereo wireless speakers for less than $199, and they can connect to any iOS, Android, Windows, or Linux devices. Which ultimately you can play anything on their existing speakers. However if Apple uses Siri, and only allows Airplay. Then it's just as bad as the HomePod, only it will be slightly cheaper.

Oh great, a dumb sibling of the Homewood, or Homepod.

Anonymous, 21 May 2018P60 is useless in that kind of Device (no display, no GPU needed... moreOh. Didn't know that yet. Thanks for the info bro!

  • Anonymous

Geric.770, 21 May 2018They will use the Helio P60 I guess? It's surprising this compan... moreP60 is useless in that kind of Device (no display, no GPU needed, no camera, no ISP needed...)
An entry level soc is more than enough...with addition of a dedicated DAC for audio.

Many products use Mediatek without people noticed.
Amazon Echo 2nd generation for exemple (quad A53 mt8163 that is more powerfull than Marvell's quad A7 in Google Home Max)
Many Sony or Philips TV...
Many high-end Bluray Players...even Cambridge Audio uses Mediatek.

So will they replace siri with Google assistant finally (i just realised Google assistant doesn't have a name like alexa or siri, even microsoft has cortana)

affordable ?? LOL

Shanti Dope, 21 May 2018$400 6" iPhone? You might only get its box. LOLYou can't even get a free AirPods even if all of their phones are wireless now. XD

Anonymous, 21 May 2018It's just a speaker, doesn't need to be powerful, efficient or smart.It's a smart speaker. Meh, they'll just use an old MTK chip.

  • Anonymous

Geric.770, 21 May 2018They will use the Helio P60 I guess? It's surprising this compan... moreIt's just a speaker, doesn't need to be powerful, efficient or smart.

Affordable price? Maybe a 1000 eur.
For apple is normal to sell a new phone made in plastic with weak processor and GPU for 800.
So if they say affordable they mean close to 1000 but not more than 1000 :-)
Apple politics.

Anonymous, 21 May 2018How about launch a $400, 6-inch I phone? That would be the best... more$400 6" iPhone?
You might only get its box. LOL

  • Anonymous

How about launch a $400, 6-inch I phone?
That would be the best selling of all time...

BiyoBiyo JunJun, 21 May 2018even apple sell $100 speaker with same quality of $1000 speaker ... moreAs always, classic Apple!!!

even apple sell $100 speaker with same quality of $1000 speaker , people will said expensive af , with that price they can buy 2 unit note 8 , apple greedy

nkwama, 21 May 2018I just can't believe what I just saw. iPhone and MTK? What a combo.They will use the Helio P60 I guess? It's surprising this company wants to collaborate MediaTek.

I just can't believe what I just saw. iPhone and MTK? What a combo.

Well, I hope you won't screw this time Apple!