As rumors mill filling with some new Apple hardware speculations, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo outed a new research note reaffirming that Apple will introduce a new piece of Siri-enabled hardware next month at WWDC. With Kuo’s belief, the design for the given product will offer a premium auditory experience and will include a “touch panel”, while a design titbit that Apple executive seemingly suggested was in the works during an interview last week. It remains unclear, though, if said “touch panel” will be full-fledged display alike the Amazon Echo Show or if it will be more minimalist. Price wise, Kuo maintains that Apple’s upcoming Siri speaker will be more expensive than the Amazon Echo Show’ $229 price tag. Here are the details.
Originally spotted by AppleInsider, Kuos adds that a new Siri speaker may not be the only new thing Apple rolls out at WWDC, which is rumored to kick off on June 5 in San Jose. Specifically, Kuo says that there’s an even anticipated chance that Apple in a few weeks will introduce a newly designed 10.5-inch iPad Pro with extremely thin bezels surrounding the OLED display. Per the rumor, Apple’s new iPad Pro will feature a larger display but will have a form factor similar to Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad. A design made possible by shrinking the bezels.
The long-rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro will give us a firmer grasp on what the mythical iPhone 8 design is going to look like, and at the same time it’s perhaps too soon to claim anything now. Spec wise, previous speculations regarding Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro have limited that the gadget will be powered by a A10x processor. There have also been scattered reports suggesting that Apple’s new iPad Pro will sport a stationary Home button a’la the iPhone 7.
The rumored iPad Pro referenced above needs to be a mega-hit, there’s no denying that iPad sales have been in a free-fall for years on end. During March quarter, Apple’s sales of iPad and iPad Pro devices has been the lowest, for example, iPad sales fell 13% year over year. But again, Tim Cook remains enthusiastic about the future of the iPad. “We’ve got some exciting things coming on iPad,” Cook said this past February, “and I’m optimistic about where things are headed.”
Possibly a brand new twist on the iPad design may just the tweak Apple needs to see growth return to its troubled iPad lineup. Stay tuned for more!