In June, Apple will host its latest Worldwide Developers Conference, where it will undoubtedly unveil the next versions of iOS, macOS, and other platforms.
And while the event hasn’t always meant new hardware gets unveiled, it isn’t impossible, either. And according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it is “likely” that we will see two new additions to the hardware family at WWDC 2017: The oft-rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the Siri-empowered smart speaker. Most of the new analyst report is echoing previous estimations by Kuo himself, but that only means he’s growing more confident that these things will actually happen.
Kuo reiterates that there is a “50% chance” that we see the new smart speaker at WWDC 2017, which was a percentage he tossed out at the beginning of this month. Kuo believes Apple will debut the smart speaker, which is expected to boast “premium audio quality” and a price tag that’s higher than Amazon’s Echo, alongside announcing new home AI features. Kuo also believes there will be a “touch panel” on the smart speaker, a bit of a debated feature at this point.
Meanwhile, Kuo believes there’s a “70 percent chance” that Apple announces a 10.5-inch iPad Pro at WWDC 2017. This tablet is said to feature an all-new design, and could be similar to the design Apple will go with for the iPhone 8 due to its minimal bezels. Kuo believes the new iPad Pro will have a bigger display than the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but it will fit in a similarly-sized chassis.
Kuo also says that Apple will unveil new software, like iOS 11 and macOS 10.13, but that’s a foregone conclusion at this point.
Are you more excited about a 10.5-inch iPad Pro or a smart speaker with Siri on board?
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