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This week on AI: Apple's Siri speaker exposed, iPhone sales down, $1B US manufacturing fund & more

Apple revealed its March-quarter financial results on Tuesday, which saw profits up, but iPhone sales down. Perhaps the most interesting news of the week however was more information about Apple's rumored Amazon Echo competitor, based on Siri.




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Everything you need to know:



  • The Siri speaker may feature high-end audio and be announced as soon as June > >
  • Apple generated $52.9 billion in revenue in the March quarter, but saw iPhone sales slip to 50.8 million > >
  • The company is creating a $1 billion "advanced manufacturing fund" in the U.S. > >
  • CEO Tim Cook blamed some lost sales on "iPhone 8" leaks > >
  • Qualcomm may try to block U.S. iPhone imports > >
  • Graphics tech supplier Imagination is in "dispute resolution" with Apple > >
  • Major apps have been leaving the Apple Watch > >


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A roundup of all of our hottest stories this week:



Apple's Siri-based Echo competitor to carry premium price, feature high-end audio with 1 woofer & 7 tweeters

Apple falls just shy of expectations with $52.9B in revenue, iPhone sales dip again to 50.8M

Apple to create $1B 'advanced manufacturing fund' in US

Apple's Tim Cook says increasing pace of 'iPhone 8' leaks hurting sales

Qualcomm seeks to block US iPhone imports - report

Imagination enters dispute resolution with Apple, prepares to sell off secondary businesses

Major apps abandoning Apple Watch, including Google Maps, Amazon & eBay

Amazon may finally cave, bring Prime Video to Apple TV this summer

Apple's latest bond sale more modest than earlier offerings, hits $7 billion

App Store price increases mandated by Apple now in effect in EU, with new 0.49 euro tier

New charity auction offers lunch with Tim Cook at Apple Park HQ

Metallica's Lars Ulrich to host weekly Beats 1 show on Apple Music