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This week on AI: Apple's Siri & AirPlay speaker, self-driving car tests & more

By far one of the most popular stories this week was that Apple's Siri-based Amazon Echo competitor might not only be alive, but nearly finished. We also caught a glimpse of Apple's self-driving testbed SUVs, and news that the fight between Apple and Qualcomm is stepping up a notch.

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Everything you need to know:

  • A combo Siri and AirPlay speaker could be announced as soon as June > >
  • Self-driving Apple vehicles were spotted in Silicon Valley > >
  • Apple has stopped royalty payments to Qualcomm until lawsuits are over > >
  • May will see the arrival of "Today at Apple" sessions at Apple stores > >
  • "iPhone 8" schematics reaffirmed chip and camera features > >
  • "iOS 11" may have a redesigned Music app with more emphasis on video > >
  • The Apple Watch NikeLab went on sale on Thursday > >

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A roundup of all of our hottest stories this week:

Apple 'finalizing' design of Amazon Echo rival based on Siri

Apple's self-driving testbed spotted in Silicon Valley

Apple to halt royalty payments to Qualcomm until end of ongoing legal battle

Apple to launch 'Today at Apple' retail sessions in late May

Purported internal schematic of 'iPhone 8' shows 'A11' chip, removable SIM

Apple's 'iOS 11' Music app to put more focus on Apple Music video content

Four ex-NASA engineers on Apple's list of autonomous car software testers

Apple pushes 'Carpool Karaoke' launch back to 'later this year'

Apple hires NASA AR/VR expert Jeff Norris to work on future products

Dutch judge rules Apple can't swap refurbished iPads for broken ones

Alleged 'iPhone 8' schematic shows wireless charging pad, no rear Touch ID

Apple Watch NikeLab now available from Nike itself, but not at Apple Retail

Apple Music to provide song content for, report says

Apple's Siri-based Echo competitor rumored to borrow design cues from Mac Pro, could arrive at WWDC

Apple lobbies California DMV to keep self-driving car plans out of public eye

Apple assembler Foxconn says US investment coming, details unsettled