Apple to announce iOS 11 today during WWDC, Files App spotted

An internet-connected speaker called HomePod is coming in December for about $350. At $349, it is much more expensive than the Amazon Echo or Google Home.

Apple says it's giving more emphasis to sound quality, not just smarts. "It will reinvent home audio", Cook said.

Trusted Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, has given a "more than fifty percent chance" of Apple unveiling a Siri speaker. It is expected to be a very incremental update unless Apple surprises us all with a complete overhaul.

In new iOS11 Siri will now translate the text.

Expect a new Siri face that will proactively give you information, a flashlight that can be used as a safety light if you're running at night, and new high intensity interval training workouts, among other features.

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In addition to working with Apple Music, HomePod also has a six-microphone array that works with Siri, and is made to work with HomeKit devices.

One can only imagine the advancements the visual fidelity will make once Apple gets around to updating its hardware when the next iPhone rolls around.

On the VR front, a new line of iMacs will have enough pop to support virtual reality services and applications. In a keynote demo, Federighi placed a digital cup, vase and lamp on an onstage table, and showed how the objects' shadows were able to interact with each other. If you have an Apple developer account, simply visit this link on your iPhone or iPad and you'll be able to install Apple's new beta configuration profile. The rumor mill suggests Apple may show off updates to its iPad Pro and MacBook Pro devices. That size offers room for a full-size keyboard, something the 9.7 inch model couldn't.

The new iMac Pro starts at $4999. In US people are thinking the Apple will soon wound up the MacBook Air.

The conference starts Monday in San Jose, California. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is also expected to get spec and hardware upgrades, along with slight design changes. These devices will only keep the most recent messages in local storage.

For photos, Apple is replacing JPEGs with a new format meant to reduce file sizes.

The Echo, released in 2015, and Google Home, released a year ago, were the first entrants in a promising market.

Apple is also revamping the control center on iOS - the panel that comes up to let you control volume, brightness, etc. - to make it even larger and space out some of the functions. Before, Apple Pay transactions could be done only with businesses and institutions.

Apple Maps is adding floor plans of malls and airports, making it easier to plan ahead. Google Maps already does both.

The screen will remain dark with muted notifications.