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Apple's 'HomePod' is powered by its virtual assistant Siri and comes with the A8 microprocessor, the chip that backs the company's flagship devices- iPhone and iPad.

In addition, Cook said Apple, headquartered in Cupertino, Northern California, now has 16 million registered software developers worldwide for its consumer electronics, including smartphone known as iPhone, and 3 million of them were added past year.

At the moment, Siri can only handle requests relating to ride sharing services, messaging and calling apps, photos, payments, fitness and auto information. Hints about the iPhone 8's capability are also likely. Amazon has heavily dominated the field with its home speaker called Echo, which uses the digital assistant Alexa.

That means Amazon Prime Video subscribers will soon be able to stream TV shows and movies to their TV using an Apple TV device.

High Sierra will be released later this year as a free update, according to Federighi.

More than 35 million people in the US are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than doubling from last year, according the research firm eMarketer.

More news: New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

As every year, Apple is expected to release a new version of its IOS software.

Apple will later this year release a "HomePod" music-centric smart home speaker, challenging a market now dominated by Amazon and Google in its latest move to weave deeper into people's lives. If there's any major iOS gaming-related stuff announced, we'll split those off into separate stories, otherwise enjoy the biggest Apple event of the year that's not a new iPhone announcement! With Siri most widely used on iPhone, Apple risked missing out on the daily, at-home tasks consumers increasingly use Echo or Home for - reminders, calendars, music. The Safari web browser was also updated to block auto-play videos and limit targeting of ads.

Apple Pencil also becomes more responsive thanks to the new iPad Pro's display, while the 12.9-inch model is also getting all of these new changes.

While it is possible, but unlikely, the app will not be released, it indicates Apple is reconsidering how files are stored on its devices. With only a few hours to go, here's a quick rundown of everything we expect to see at the conference.

Apple is also bringing the ability to send money to friends or other people through its payment service, Apple Pay.


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