There’s just no other way to put it, when the most exciting thing at an iPhone launch event is a mobile Mario game, that’s a problem.
So, to make things more interesting, we decided to pick up the slack and design the Apple Echo, or Apple Home, or whatever they’re going to call it, if they ever make it.
Cue the Jony Ive video.
The design is based on the rounded square shape that Apple has used for many of its products, in fact, it may make sense to integrate this with the Apple TV to be placed centrally in a home, and then have smaller versions like the Echo Dot to place in other rooms.
No buttons of course, we’re thinking the entire top surface will be a force touch trackpad, which could actually be really cool.
There are a lot of good reasons for Apple to make something like this. The hardware is not particularly challenging (it’s really just microphones and a speaker), and Apple already has the most vital piece for this: Siri.
I rarely use Siri on my iPhone, but having a device like this would really build the Siri ecosystem, especially now that it’s on the Macs, and it seems like a natural fit into their home automation plans. Also, given the response to and the relative success of the Amazon Echo, and the fact that Google is releasing its own home speaker, I’d be really surprised if Apple doesn’t compete in this category.
Maybe they are waiting in the wings for the market to establish itself and will watch Amazon iron out the kinks before swooping in. If that’s true, they need more courage.
I think (hope) the “Apple Echo” will happen, whether it is designed like this, or has a bit more aluminium, we’ll find out.