Apple expected to debut new Internet-connected speaker at developers conference

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It's that time of year again: Apple's annual conference for developers is here - and it's not just for geeks.

On the software front, RBC Capital analyst Amit Daryanani expects the iOS 11 - the next operating system for Apple's iPhones and iPads - to get an overhaul that will accommodate the anticipated removal of the home button from the 10th anniversary model of the iPhone due out later this year. Developers will keep an eye out for hints about new capabilities in the next iPhone, such as so-called augmented reality, in which digital information is overlaid on real-world images. The insider also mentioned that a Siri-integrated speaker-expected to debut at WWDC as a competitor to Amazon's Echo-will feature a "modified A9 processor". Apple iPhone users, iPad users or MacOS users will need to watch the event on Safari. It's the first time in 15 years that Apple has held its conference in San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley.

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The alleged employees of the Chinese company that manufactures many Apple products claimed to have knowledge of products including including iPhone 8, Apple Smart Glasses and upcoming MacBooks. The Mac will also get improved photo management, including new editing tools and better face recognition to help you search your photo library. Streaming via Apple TV requires an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation). New iMacs and Mac Minis could also be unveiled.

The missing apps then mysteriously returned - a pretty clear indication that Apple was testing the change ahead of iOS 11's release. And with Apple pushing the iPad Pro as a productivity tablet, most people would agree it is a feature that can not come fast enough.

Gene Munster, a venture capitalist at Loup Ventures and a longtime Apple watcher, said a home speaker would be a step in the right direction for Apple.

Apple is expected to unveil new features for its Apple Watch as its Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on Monday. It would mark an effort by Apple to catch up with Amazon and Google.