A new report from respected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5Mac) suggests that Apple may unveil a number of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), namely a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model and the long-rumoured Siri Speaker.
Taking place on June 5-9 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, WWDC is an annual conference used by Apple to showcase the company’s latest software technology and upcoming products.
Kuo expects the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model to have a completely new design and for it to go into mass production in late Q2 following its launch at WWDC, with Apple shipping around 6 million of the tablets before the end of the year.
While it is thought to feature the same chassis size as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro model, the new 10.5-inch model will come with a larger display thanks to the tablet’s narrower bezels.
Kuo says Apple will likely debut the Siri Speaker in conjunction with an announcement about the company’s developments in artificial intelligence for households.
Featuring premium audio quality, a touch panel and all of Siri’s current functionality, the Siri Speaker is expected to go on sale later this year at a higher price than rival smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and the Google Home.
Apple is relatively late to the smart speaker market but this may be a result of Apple wanting to perfect its technology to ensure the product is as popular as possible when it launches.
Kuo believes there’s a 50 percent chance Apple will reveal the Siri Speaker and a more than 70 percent chance the company will launch the 10.5-inch iPad Pro model at WWDC.
We’ll keep you posted as to what the company reveals at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference next month.