Apple gears up for big announcements at WWDC

The tech firm is due to hold its annual technology conference in the U.S. today, when experts believe it will reveal the Siri speaker, which will, like its rivals, be voice-controlled and connected to the internet to allow users to look up information, play music and even control smart home features without having to use a keyboard.

Apple devices operating on the company's mobile iOS software haven't featured computer file management functions before, but the site says a recent leak on the App Store for an application called "Files" indicates that iPhone and iPad users could be getting a more comprehensive storage system.

With iPhone sales slowing and the last new Apple product released two years ago, expectations are building for what the company will reveal this week at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. CEO Tim Cook believe the tablet will eventually replace laptops - but tell that to buyers.

In addition to the Siri speaker, rumours of a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2, an updated MacBook Pro and a new iOS 11 have circulated on the Internet.

The speakers, driven by artificial intelligence and voice-enabled assistants - such as Amazon's Alexa - have become a leading trend in the tech industry and Alexa now boasts support for more than 10,000 apps.

The online Apple Store is now down fuelling speculation of the products that might be added.

Amazon and Google's existing speakers have proved popular with consumers since the Echo launched in the United Kingdom in 2016 and Home earlier this year.

Apple's upcoming "Files" app accidentally showed up on the App store well before Apple would have liked.

It wouldn't be the first time that Apple hopped on the bandwagon of a technology product popularized by a competitor.

Meanwhile, another rumor suggests that Apple will use a name that begins with "M", and that it won't use a mountain or park name.

There's a good chance Cook will unveil Apple's latest iPhone operating system iOS 11 in addition to new hardware and software or updates. Streaming via Apple TV requires an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation). Bloomberg reports that Apple's smart speaker, which is being manufactured by Inventec, will feature better sound quality and "virtual surround".

With the start of Apple's annual World Wide Developers Conference just a matter of hours away, eagle eyed developer Steven Troughton-Smith has spotted that Apple is listing a new iOS 11 compatible "Files" application in the App Store, available exclusively in the U.S. and only supporting 64-bit devices. The speaker will likely be connected to the iPhone and Apple TV, and services such as Apple Music and the HomeKit home automation system. But they acknowledged that companies like Amazon and Google have made smart AI-driven devices marketable - Google identifies itself as an AI first company - as Apple has mostly worked behind closed curtains.

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