It was already known that Ikea and Sonos were working on a new audio product, thought to be a form of picture frame with integrated speakers.
Now, it looks like Ikea briefly jumped the gun and published the unannounced product on its own website. The picture frame speaker appeared for just a few hours early on Wednesday morning (June 2) and has since been removed. GearBrain was able to grab a screenshot of the product page, shown below, before it disappeared.
Another member of the Symfonisk family of Ikea and Sonos-branded smart home audio products, this $200 device appears to be a framed piece of art with an integrated Sonos speaker and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The piece is available – or rather, it will be available once formally announced – in black and white. Ikea's website said it measures 16 inches wide, 22 inches tall and two inches deep, with a power cable length of 138 inches.
It doesn't appear as though buyers can fit their own pictures or art work to the frame. Instead, it is a piece of art in its own right, and the close-up photo on the Ikea website showed how a pattern is cut into the polyester canvas, pulling a double shift as art and for sound to be projected through.
Ikea said the frame will be offered with "interchangeable fronts, so you can choose the style that suits you and your home."
Sara Morris, senior principal product manager at Sonos, was quoted on the Ikea website as saying: "By working together with the designers we were able to keep the thin edge of the picture frame while hiding a deeper acoustic volume behind it. Together with a waveguide, this let us make big room filling sound from what looks like a thin speaker."
Now-deleted web page showing the upcoming Ikea/Sonos productIkea
The website listing stated how the picture can be used as the only sound source in a room, or as part of an existing Symfonisk or Sonos system. It is possible to turn two of the pictures into a stereo pair, or to hang them at the rear of your TV room and use them as the surround sound speakers of a Sonos sound bar. There is also Apple AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect integration, and the speaker can be used with the Sonos app on iOS or Android.
The Ikea website states: "You can choose to hang it on its own on the wall as an eye-catcher, match it with your other pictures on a wall, place it on the floor or lean it against a wall…[The frame] blends in with your other decor and adds a uniform and stylish touch to your home."
Ikea promises the speaker will "be enhanced through continuous software updates"
It was previously rumored that the product would be announced on June 14, so unless Ikea and Sonos now decide to bring that launch forward, it'll be available to purchase in a couple of weeks.