Ming-Chi Kuo Says Apple Likely to Unveil 10.5" iPad Pro and Touchscreen Siri Smart Speaker at WWDC

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    Prominent KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a "2017 WWDC highlights" report, outlining his expectations for next month's keynote event. While he expects the typical previews of the next versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS, he also predicts we will see several hardware-related announcements.

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    One major debut Kuo expects to see is the long-rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which he says has a greater than 70 percent chance of debuting at the event based on the timing of production ramp-up, which he sees as happening at the end of the current quarter. In line with previous rumors, Kuo believes the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will have a similar form factor as the current 9.7-inch model, squeezing in a larger display thanks to narrower bezels.
    Kuo also reiterates his belief that there is a greater than 50 percent chance Apple will unveil its Siri smart speaker at WWDC. He previously said that the speaker may not actually launch until later in the year, but an announcement at WWDC would give developers time to begin building support for the product.
    For the first time, Kuo says Apple's speaker will include a touch panel display, a detail that has remained unclear since rumors began. Most previous rumors have made no mention of whether the product will include a display, but Phil Schiller recently suggested such smart speaker products would benefit from the inclusion of a screen.

    Apple's WWDC keynote kicks off at 10:00 am Pacific Time on Monday, June 5, and MacRumors will have full coverage of the event as it unfolds.

    Article Link: Ming-Chi Kuo Says Apple Likely to Unveil 10.5" iPad Pro and Touchscreen Siri Smart Speaker at WWDC
     
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    a new bezel less ipad without iOS11 to be released? hard to believe
    but i hope for the introduction of the new pencil support for the upcoming macOS and only force trackpad macs compatibility
     
  3. Appleaker macrumors 68000

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    I still no nothing about the speaker other than rumored details, but I'm excited for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.
     
  4. ValO macrumors 65816

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    Or they are going to give a preview of IOS 11, with new ipad only features. OR they are going to launch a specific Ipad OS.( PadOS?)
    OR they are going to give us new features for this ipad, that doesn' t need an IOS update.
    So a new smart keyboard with a trackpad?? And in app trackpad support for text intensive apps?
     
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    That will be fun keynote to attend: especially for those of us who are iPad fanatics... To me the 9.7" iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil & Logitec keyboard is absolutely fantastic.

    I am also hoping for a 4K AppleTV -- if they are announcing the Amazon Prime Video app at the keynote, for sure they will be announcing a new aTV as well.
     
  6. Tapiture, May 13, 2017
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    hmmm will be interesting to see what they call the new 10.5 inch iPad. Seems weird that they're presumably introducing a new size to the line before they update the 12.9 even though the 12.9 is what NEEDS an update and not the 9.7. Maybe they're replacing the 12.9 line with the 10.5?
     
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    I wouldn't be surprised if Apple's Speaker would come with a Touch Bar™, instead of a 'full' display.
     
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    Funny. 70% chance. Like predicting the weather: it rains, I said there was a good chance it would; it doesn't, I said there was significant chance it wouldn't...
     
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    I hope so... I've been saving for a year now!

    :apple: (through Best Buy gift cards) Take my money!!!!!
     
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    For me personally, there hasn't been a substantial keynote from them in a long long time. I really am looking forward to WWDC, hoping it will bring all that momentum back.
     
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    One other thing...

    It could be like the :apple: Watch, where it is shown off, and then "it'll be available in October... taking orders on Friday."

    That would freeze out their current sales, as well as give Android/Surface time to up their game. I think it's going to be an interesting summer!
     
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    I traded in my mini 3 in anticipation for this.
     
  13. dantracht macrumors regular

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    Can't see it happening before iOS 11 is released in the fall.
     
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    Part of me is thinking we might just see a Time Capsule update......... No evidence to back the claim, just hope!
     
  15. Sunny1990, May 13, 2017
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    So They're killing 7.9 inch iPads and adding another 10.5" model because both 9.7" and 12.9" models aren't enough ? .......wtf :confused:?
     
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    Never, it is not a new entirely product like apple watch was, or first ipad iphone etc
     
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    Ming-Chi doesn't have any Kuo what's being released. :)
     
  18. Dave245 macrumors 601

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    If they are going to do it at WWDC I wonder if it's because of the screen size and developer apps? I find it very strange they will announce an iPad at WWDC but among-Chi-Kuo has been very reliable in the past so I'm willing to at least give this more credit than the usual rumours and threads about the new iPad's coming soon. Maybe they also want to show off some new features like the rumoured being about to link your iPad Pro up to a Mac and use it as a Cintiqi kind of device.
     
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    I see what you did there ;) but he is one of the most reliable when it comes to things like this, in the past it's even been rumoured that he has someone on the inside at Apple.
     
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    10.5 will be the perfect size between the too big 12.9.
     
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    That's a good point; hence my contradictory sentence after I made the statement.

    However, to counter both of our points (actually, my counterpoint), iPad sales are slipping, so it may stave off the competition at the price of their quarter's sales. Wow... I'm truly in a conundrum...:D
     
  24. DotCom2 macrumors 68030

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    It still seems so weird to me that they would have a 9.7 iPad AND a 10.5.
    And the naming structure is too confusing for the non-techy people.
     
  25. Tapiture, May 13, 2017
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    Just to warn you guys, this is going to be more expensive than the 9.7 pro-- it's probably not going to replace the 9.7 it'll simply be an addition to the pro line. I think it'll cost around 750 for the base model.
     

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