New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

Posted June 06, 2017

What's more interesting is that basically nothing about iOS 11 has leaked yet - similar to past year - except a "Files" placeholder app that suggests more granular access to files on iOS devices.

You'll also see improvements to the activity app, with monthly challenges being added, while the workout app is getting a new high intensity interval training mode. He said in a research note that the new MacBook Pro will be "the most significantly redesigned product this year" and will enter production in the early fourth quarter. But in order for Apple to not fall further behind Amazon and Google, it needs to enter the space for cloud-based AI services.

It's expected to show off the latest iPads and Mac laptops and may even lift the cover on a smart speaker based off of Siri.

It comes as Apple is poised to unveil a Siri-powered internet-connected speaker to rival Amazon's Echo and Google Home. To break this duopoly, the Siri speaker is also expected to lay enormous emphasis on "superior" sound quality to sell its competitive product in the market.

There are a number of things that are expected to be announced at WWDC 2017.

And similar to what Amazon and Google have done for their smart speakers, Apple also plans to allow third-party developers to create their own apps for the device. These new Macs start shipping Monday.

Apple's entry into the market could change this.

As with most of the information surrounding the rumoured MacBook Pro update, there's very little to go on here.

It wouldn't be the first time that Apple hopped on the bandwagon of a technology product popularized by a competitor. The iPad Pro is now in a 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch form factor, too small and too big for some. Thinner bezels will mean that the display size can be increased without increasing the size of slate, which means that larger display won't be a threat to its portability.

Apple also may introduce its next Mac computer, along with the next operating system powering the machine. Not much else is known about it at this point.

Apple also unveiled new Macs, addressing complaints that Apple has let its Mac lineup languish in favor of its better-selling products, namely the iPhone. He said that iOS 10 had almost 96 per cent satisfaction with 86 per cent iPhone users installing the update as compared to only seven per cent Android users who installed Android Nougat - the latest version of Google's operating system.

According to data collected by Sensor Tower in March, there are approximately 187,000 iOS applications - or 8 percent of the App Store's roughly 2.4 million apps - that haven't been updated to take advantage of the 64-bit processors found in all new iPhones since the iPhone 5S.

The 10 anniversary iPhone is unarguably the most anticipated iPhone ever.

This evening, Apple's CEO Tim Cook and fellow executives will take to a stage at San Jose's McEnery Convention Center to reveal the biggest announcements of the week-long conference.

Of the two-to-four product events that Apple holds in a typical year, WWDC is usually the most interesting.

If you care about gender equality in tech, we'll also be tracking how much speaking time women get at the traditionally male-dominated event.