1. Apple WWDC 2017: Keynote event set to kick off; 5 things to expect at Worldwide Developers Conference

Apple WWDC 2017: Keynote event set to kick off; 5 things to expect at Worldwide Developers Conference

Global technology major Apple will be hosting the Worldwide Developer Conference or WWDC, beginning from tonight. The event will be held in San Jose, California, and will go on until June 9.

By: | Updated: June 5, 2017 9:47 PM
Apple usually announces software updates at this keynote event each year, but the Cupertino giant is also expected to announce a new Siri-powered speaker alongside big hardware upgrades for iPads and MacBooks. (AP Photo)

Technology giant Apple is all set to host its Worldwide Developer Conference also known as WWDC, starting from tonight. The big Apple event will be held in San Jose, California, and will go on until June 9. The tech major usually announces software updates at its keynote event each year. Similarly, you can expect a few new features in iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. Other than software, the company is also expected to announce a new Siri-powered speaker alongside big hardware upgrades for iPads and MacBooks. The Apple WWDC 2017 keynote will start from today, at 10 am Pacific Standard Time, which means in India, the event can be viewed at 10:30 pm onwards. Here are 5 things that could be launched at the event:

1. MacBooks & MacOS
Apple is expected to upgrade 2016’s MacBook at the Keynote event. However, the refreshed device will likely see internal changes only and the new variants are expected to come with Intel 7th generation ‘Kaby Lake’ processors. It will be interesting to see if Apple also refreshes 12-inch MacBook and older MacBook Air too. According to various rumours, only the specifications will be updated. While MacBook updates highly expected, not much is known about MacOS update. The biggest rumour doing the rounds is a fix for the iTunes in MacOS 10.13. The company might also look to bridge the gap between macOS and iOS. This essentially means that we can see more unified applications which could operate between the two OS in a more smoother way.

2. SIRI speakers
Apple is reportedly set to launch an all new Siri-powered speaker at WWDC 2017. This device instead of just being a connected home device will also focus on speaker quality with ‘virtual surround sound’. It could very well be Apple’s answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Reports suggest that the Siri speaker has already entered production.

3. iPads
Recently, four iPad models were spotted on a French regulatory website. Most rumours pointed out that Apple is going add another screen size to its iPad line. Alleged 10.5-inch iPad Pro is expected to follow similar footprints as its 9.7-inch iPad, but with a new design and edge-to-edge display. Apple may also upgrade its 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro line-up at this event.

4. iOS 11
Apple is most likely to give us a peek into the next version of iOS at the Keynote on June 5. Considering it is the 10th anniversary of iPhone, there are rumours that Apple will release bigger than usual iOS update with a complete design overhaul. Some rumours suggest a better sleek design for Notifications and a ‘dark mode’. Additionally, expecting an upgraded feature-set for SIRI is natural, but more than that we could see updates to Apple Music, Maps, Photos, iMessage and more. The tablet version of iOS is rumoured to get a multi-user login and expanded support for the Apple Pencil.

5. watchOS and tvOS
The rumours are very thin about the changes in watchOS and tvOS. We will mostly see improvements for both operating systems. If some of the rumours are true, then Apple is more focused on making a unified ecosystem, where it could fit in its Siri-powered speaker as well. So do expect a lot more from Siri in watchOS and tvOS.

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