New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo notes that there's a high probability of the long-rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro to be announced at WWDC 2017. We may also hear the first word of when Apple TV programs like Carpool Karaoke will be released and possibly other programs to be released. Most importantly, the new version of the application does not require you to sign in with a developer's ID to use the application. The latest software will bring a host of improvements including a new video centric revamp to Apple Music, killing off 32-bit app support, and a few changes in animation and notifications. What is sure is that Apple will make TVOS ready for their new streaming shows such as Carpool Karaoke.

That said, Apple could wait to debut the speaker later in the year, which would be closer to its expected shipping date.

Most notably, they won't work with iOS 11, which was rolled out to developers with the onset of the conference and will go into public beta in late June.

iOS 10 was available on these devices: the iPhone 5 and later devices, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, in addition to fourth generation iPad and later models, iPad mini 2 and later and iPod touch sixth generation onwards.

Voice-enabled Siri smart speaker that will compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Apple nodded to several up-and-coming technology trends, unveiling a new "smart" home speaker and device features touching on virtual reality, online privacy and a form of artificial intelligence called machine learning. Either way, Bloomberg reports that a Siri speaker has already entered production, so there's a good chance we see it on Monday.

New Mac notebooks, new iPad Pro and the most awaited, Amazon Echo's competitor Apple's Siri speaker may be unveiled at the WWDC 2017.

Apple said that watch wearers will be able to link their devices with the gym equipment through NFC.

MacOS 10.13There is very little known about what Apple's next version of Mac OS will bring to the table.

The free software, iOS 11, is expected in September, when Apple typically releases new iPhones. It includes new features for watchfaces, such as complications updating based on time of day or location and a new Siri-based watchface. Apple is also expected to make FaceTime Audio the default mode of calling among iPhone users in iOS 11. It also gave a sneak peek for a new iMac Pro, which comes in space gray rather than the traditional white and is "the most powerful Mac ever made". Not much has leaked about the new operating systems, except a possible update to Apple Music to better incorporate video content and improved support for Apple's stylus for the iPad, the Apple Pencil.

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