New 10.5-inch iPad may debut alongside Siri Speaker at WWDC

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is typically a parade
of software announcements, not hardware. While we’re expecting
iOS 11 and the next version of macOS to take center stage,
rumor has it Apple plans to switch it up and announce two new
devices: the Siri Speaker and a refreshed iPad Pro.

Apple hasn’t said anything about either product, but rumors and
speculation from well-placed sources have all but confirmed the

Siri Speaker
, Apple’s answer to Amazon’s Echo. And while
we’ve been hearing about a redesigned iPad for months now, the

2017 iPad
released earlier this spring didn’t exactly push
the iPad lineup forward (but that $329 price tag is pretty
sweet).

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to unveil a
10.5-inch iPad Pro at WWDC’s opening keynote on June 5, he said
in a
research note obtained by 9to5Mac
. Macworld will be there
to cover the announcement, but here are Kuo’s predictions:

The new iPad model will be join the existing lineup of 9.7-inch
and 12.9-inch Pros, but it won’t look like its siblings.
Instead, the redesigned Pro will sport a large display and
smaller bezels. This would be an interesting move, given that
Apple is rumored to be moving toward that same look with the

10th anniversary iPhone
this fall.

KGI also predicts that that Apple will ship 6 million 10.5-inch
iPad Pros this year. Kuo is betting there’s a 70 percent chance
that the 10.5-inch model will be announced at WWDC, pegging it
even higher than the 50 percent shot of a Siri Speaker launch.

Why this matters: We’d love to get an early
glimpse of Apple’s new design direction rather than wait until
the iPhone 8, although we’re gonna need to see some software
improvements in iOS 11 to convince us that a new iPad Pro is
worth the money. A few iPad-exclusive features—perhaps enabled
by the newly acquired iOS app
Workflow
—would go a long way toward convincing us that an
iPad Pro is essential.

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