June is fast approaching and most Apple fanatics will know what it meant. In means that Apple will once again be hosting its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, CA. While invites have been sent month in advance, there are rumors that Apple will use the event to unveil some of its newest products, chief of which it the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.
10.5-inch iPad Pro unveiling at the WWDC 2017
According to a report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, there is a 70 percent chance that the Apple will unveil the rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro in the said event. His prediction is based on the fact that he expects the production for the new iPad Pro to start shortly before the actual event. He has said in numerous reports that Apple might start the production for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro sometime before the end of second quarter of 2017.
New iPad Pro design
Kuo described the 10.5-inch iPad Pro as an all-new design. The pronouncement has something to do with the rumors suggesting that the iPad Pro in question will have a micro-bezel display. Although the overall display size is bigger, the said tablet will still have the same form factor as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Unfortunately, as for the pricing, there are still a lot of unknown about the matter. However, some experts suggest that it will take the original price of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro while the latter will get a considerable reduction in price.
The analyst also expects Apple to ship around 6 million units of the 15-inch iPad Pro this year. He also suggested that the new tablet will mirror the design of the iPhone 8, in that, it will also come with a bezel-less design. This means that when the tablet is release, consumers will have a very good idea of what the iPhone 8 may look like on its release.
Siri Speaker to come too
Kuo also predicted that, along with the new iPad Pro, Apple could also introduce the Siri Speaker. This new product is similar to the Amazon Echo or Google Home. The said device will provide a standalone Siri hardware for users. Users will be able to do what they can normally do with Siri on iOS and macOS Sierra.
It is still unclear what the final product will be called. At the moment, reports revolve around the Siri Speaker naming convention. Furthermore, it is also a mystery if the device will feature a display screen just like the Amazon Echo Show. Nevertheless, rumour has it that it will be priced much higher than the Amazon echo and will feature premium audio quality.
Other stuff to expect at WWDC 2017
Apart from the said hardware, this year’s WWDC will also introduce a number of software from Apple. Chief of which is the iOS 11 as well as macOS 10.13. Reports revealed that tvOS 11 and watchOS 4 will also make an appearance on the said event.
For year, the WWDC event has been the venue for anything software related for Apple. However, there are a few occasions in the past where the event was used in unveiling a new hardware products from the company. Case in point is the 2012 WWDC which showcased the first Retina-display MacBook Pro. A year after that, Apple used the event to introduce the new design for the Mac Pro.
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