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Mac OSX 10.10, IOS 8, Healthbook expected at Apple event Monday

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Apple Inc. is expected to announce updated operating systems for its desktop computers and mobile devices -- Mac OSX 10.10 and IOS 8 -- at its annual developers conference starting Monday in San Francisco.

The company is expected to also introduce Healthbook, a new health-tracking app for mobile devices that will track footsteps, heart rate and sleep activity. The health app will most likely be able to connect with a smart watch that Apple is widely expected to release this year, though most Apple watchers don't expect the iWatch ot be revealed on Monday.

Also expected to be announced is iBeacon, a mobile function that allows apps to locate a user within a few inches, so that a phone can direct a driver to open parking spots or find others in a crowded stadium.

Earlier this month the Financial Times reported that Apple would use WWDC to unveil new software that will allow the iPhone to serve as a central hub for controlling smart appliances around users' homes.

Apple has typically used the keynote address to unveil the latest versions of its computer and mobile operating systems, and from time to time  reveal one or two new pieces of hardware, though no new iPads or iPhones are expected on Monday. Apple has never introduced a new iPad at WWDC, and it's been a very long time since it used the event to unveil a new iPhone.

It's unclear if Apple will introduce a new Mac or MacBook at this year's WWDC. The company has done so at the last two conferences. Apple could use the event to introduce a MacBook Air with Retina screen, but the company introduced slightly updated MacBook Airs back in late April.

-- The Los Angeles Times and Reuters contributed to this report

 

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