In addition to previews of its new OS, Apple is expected to announce its ‘Siri Speaker’ to take over Amazon Echo, Google Home and Microsoft Invoice.
Apple has sent out media invitations for its annual WWDC Developers Conference. The company has confirmed that the keynote address will begin June 5 at the McKinney Convention Center in San Jose, California. Technical sessions, hands-on labs and other special events will be held at the same venue from 5 to 9 June.
For the past few years, Apple’s global development conference has been held at the Moscow Center in San Francisco, but this year it is moving to San Jose. The keynote is scheduled to start at 10AM PT (10.30PM IST) and will probably see the announcement of new products in iOS 11 format and previews of newer versions of macOS, watchOS and tvOS. Apple is expected to launch new developer tools to help developers prepare their apps for the next iteration of Apple’s ecosystem.
Apple doesn’t usually announce new hardware products at the WWDC, but Cupertino-based tech giant Amazon is widely expected to announce its own speakers (Siri Speaker dub) to compete with speakers from Echo, Google Home and Microsoft Invoc. Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft have shown interest in integrated home ecosystems, and Apple already has HomeKit-enabled accessories. Its Siri speaker is expected to bring more product integration and its digital assistant to a standalone device. Apple is also rumored to be working on next-generation iPad Pro devices, but it’s unclear if the product will be unveiled at WWDC this year.