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This year's keynote speech, which will be introduced by chief executive Tim Cook, is scheduled to start at 18.00 GMT (10:00 PST) on 4 June, and will include the announcement of a raft of new software updates for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV.

The change, to be included in Apple's iOS 12, will allow iPhones - which have contained NFC-capable chips since the iPhone 6 and 6s were introduced in 2014 - to unlock doors with similar NFC chips as well as talk to certain transit agencies to pay fares, the report said.

Despite the excitement surrounding the WWDC each year, during 14 of the past 15 conferences, Apple shares have fallen over the course of the five-day event.

Additionally, Apple has also launched an app for WWDC on the App store. A new Apple Watch model with a larger display is also rumored for "later this year".

ARKit 2.0 could contain a new mode that lets you and your friends play against each other in the same augmented reality world.

The iPhone and iPad are the top mobile platforms for developers to make money from apps.

AirPlay 2 arrives with iOS 11.4, which is rolling out to users this week, and brings with it a host of new capabilities, including multi-room syncing and stereo pairing (a feature that's sure to be hot with HomePod owners). New Macbooks may also make the bill but the keynote usually focuses on software so don't get your hopes up on too many new goodies to buy once the event is over.

Apple's new wireless charging mat AirPower, which was first announced alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone X previous year and has been slated for release in 2018, could also make an appearance. But the Mac is still an important product for developers and users, and Apple will update the software again this year. "Despite Siri's relative adoption among Apple consumers and more recently with Apple Business Chat, more brands plan to invest in Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant than in Apple's 'Siri, '" said Thomas Husson, Vice President, Principal Analyst serving chief marketing officers at Forrester.

Though new MacBooks and iPads won't be on the docket, Bloomberg reports that a new Apple Watch design is in the works. It could choose to keep updating the speaker's software alongside new iPhone software releases, as it does with the Apple Watch.