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This week on AI: Apple's WWDC slate, Siri speaker plans, political furor & more

Collectively the industry held its breath this week, preparing for Apple's big June 5 keynote kicking off WWDC 2017. Some pre-conference rumors did leak out though, supporting new iPads, new Macs, and the company's long-awaited Siri-based home speaker.

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Everything you need to know:

  • Here's what Apple will probably show at WWDC 2017 > >
  • The Siri speaker might appear at WWDC, but ship well after > >
  • Russian filings backed up imminent Mac and iPad updates... > >
  • did limited availability of the 15-inch MacBook Pro > >
  • A new Apple hire may support the idea it's developing baseband chips > >
  • CEO Tim Cook argued against President Trump pulling out of the Paris climate agreement > >
  • In Texas, Cook joined opposition to a possible anti-trans "bathroom bill" > >
  • Apple Music's marketing head, Bozoma Saint John, may be leaving > >

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A roundup of all of our hottest stories this week:

What to expect from WWDC 2017

Apple's Siri home speaker now in manufacturing, may not ship until later in 2017

Russian regulatory filings point to five new Macs, four new iOS devices coming soon

Availability of 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar slips ahead of rumored refresh

Apple hires 8 year Qualcomm Engineering VP to its wireless SoC team

Apple's Tim Cook condemns Trump decision to back out of Paris climate accord, promises corporate efforts will continue

Apple's Tim Cook, other executives urge Texas not to pass anti-trans 'bathroom bill'

Apple's WWDC app updated with session info, streaming video section, more

Apple's 'Carpool Karaoke' spinoff set for Aug. 8 debut on Apple Music

Video review: LG's UltraFine 5K Thunderbolt 3 display, 6 months later

Apple escalating use of Intel modems for 'iPhone 8' - report

Apple's Swift Playgrounds 1.5 will teach kids how to write code for Lego, drones & robots

Apple turns to contracted freelancers to help boost accuracy of Apple Maps data

Latest images of Apple's 'iPhone 8' show vertical rear camera, no visible fingerprint sensors

Apple executive Bozoma Saint John to leave company, report says