Returning to its San Jose roots after being held in San Francisco for the past 14 years, Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is expected to bring some big announcements, including a possible sneak peek at the iPhone 8, expected to launch later this year.
Yesterday, Apple announced that its 28th annual WWDC will run June 5-9 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. In addition to a lineup of keynote speakers, the conference will also feature a number of technical sessions, hands-on labs with Apple engineers and "very special experiences around San Jose throughout the week."
There's plenty of reason to expect the iPhone to have a high profile at this year's WWDC, as 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the debut of the iconic device. In addition, Apple will likely take the wraps off the latest version of its mobile operating, iOS 11, as well as announce updates to the macOS desktop system, watchOS and tvOS.
As usual, Apple isn't providing many details about the WWDC lineup and announcements at this point. However, the company noted that developers will be able to register for tickets, to be offered via random selection, to the event starting on March 27. Those who can't nab tickets or make it to San Jose will be able to watch the conference via live-streaming.
With other tech competitors regularly rolling out new digital assistants and bot offerings powered with machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Apple is also likely to provide some news about updates to its Siri AI. Unveiled at last year's WWDC, iOS 10 already added a number of new Siri-powered capabilities. At last year's event, Apple also launched SiriKit, which opened up the AI to developers who want to create new Siri-integrated apps.
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