Here's how and why to watch Apple's WWDC keynote today

  • Here's how and why to watch Apple's WWDC keynote today

Here's how and why to watch Apple's WWDC keynote today

The hardware debut, a rarity at the annual developers conference that traditionally features software and only minor hardware updates, came as analysts and investors watch for signs of the world's largest publicly traded company's next blockbuster product a decade after the introduction of the iPhone.

Major version releases like iOS 11 and watchOS 4 featured, as well as lots of updates about the latest version of macOS. Augmented reality combines digital images with real world photography, similar to Pokemon GO.

All in all, it was a big day for Apple, with more big news expected tomorrow, on Day 2 of the worldwide developers conference.

IDC estimates that Apple shipped about 3.6 million watches during the first three months of the year.

Called "HomePod", the wireless speaker delivers unbelievable audio quality and uses spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio. Finally, the app will feature a new voice that is more natural sounding, and joining that will be a new interface with follow-ups and suggestions.

The Apple HomePod will be available from December, priced at $349.

The expectation is that the keynote, which usually has more on the software side of Apple's business, will end up with a long list of hardware announcements this time.

While one is on developers, the people behind all those addictive apps that we take for granted on our smartphones, Apple announced something it has done for the first time in the nine-year history of the App store. Apple's speaker will be launching in the U.S., U.K., and Australia in December, with additional markets to come next year.

You can start using the speaker by saying the wake phrase "Hey Siri" and then ask it to do things, such as play music.

Amazon Prime Video comes to Apple TV.

In addition to adding numerous new tools to iOS (including person-to-person payments in iMessage), Apple also announced a much awaited feature: a one-handed keyboard mode on iPhone. The same source also claimed the new Automator app will benefit from deep Siri integration as well.

Apple is still expected to announce an Amazon rival: a Siri smart speaker.

"Toy Story" and other animated faces, but no Watch Face store: Woody, Buzz and other "Toy Story" characters are now built-in animated faces.

Numerous updates are related to the Apple Watch's role as an exercise device, a function Apple seemed to embrace past year.

For its computers, Apple unveiled Mac OS High Sierra.

Apple is now using machine learning more than ever before.

Apple has gone ahead and updated all of its new laptops and desktops to Intel's latest generation of Kaby Lake processors. The new iPad Pro is larger with a 10.5-inch display - an upgrade of almost an inch. While Siri was previously available on the Apple Watch, the assistant's ability to automatically show information was limited.

Siri will now be able to perform translations in various languages including English, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. After paying $50 billion to its app developers a year ago, the tech giant revealed it reached developer payouts of $70 billion.