New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

The question is what will Tim Cook be talking about and what Apple has coming soon.

The event will be held in San Jose, California and will start at 10 AM Pacific Standard Time (10:30PM I.S.T).

In other words, if most of the hardware is indeed confirmed, it'll be Apple's most packed WWDC in a long time. On the software front, we can expect the first developer preview for iOS 11, macOS 10.13, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11 - with the biggest new features of each highlighted in the keynote.

New indoor maps of areas like malls and airports indicated that Apple might be laying groundwork to display information over images of those places in the future. Apple is expected to announce new MacBooks, a new iPad Pro and a Siri Speaker.

Many rumors point towards this year's WWDC being more consumer focused than before. Apple might also finally introduce a store for watch faces and allow third-party developers to make watch faces for the Apple Watch.

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Further, the company is expected to launch a 32GB RAM variant of the 15-inch MacBook Pro to cater to the need of professional users.

How can I watch the WWDC 2017 keynote? For those with an Apple TV fourth generation, the event can also be streamed live.

"People everywhere love apps and our customers are downloading them in record numbers", said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

In terms of expectations, Apple generally uses WWDC to deliver new iOS and MacOS updates.

Apple's guaranteed highlight of the keynote address will be iOS 11. Apple is also expected to announce a new wireless keyboard with a touch bar built in.A 10.5-inch iPad ProAn update to the iPad Pro is expected.

Taking direct aim at services like those provided by PayPal Holdings Inc, Apple also debuted peer-to-peer payments for Apple Pay in which users will be able to send money through the Messages app on iPhones.

Watch OS 4/TVOS 11Updates to both Watch OS - Apple's operating system for the Apple Watch and TV OS - the software that powers Apple's streaming box Apple TV are expected. A MacBook Air refresh isn't a fail-safe bet, but previous reports indicate that Apple's most affordable notebook is getting a new processor as well.

One thing we're not counting on though, is a new iPhone or three.

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