KGI: Apple to Announce New 10.5-inch iPad and Siri Home Speaker at WWDC 2017

KGI is back at it again with rumors about Apple’s upcoming World Wide Developers Conference scheduled to kick off June 5th with a keynote. The analyst states there’s a greater than 50% chance we’ll see a Siri-enabled home speaker debut at the conference, while a greater than 70% chance sits in the ring of the highly-rumored 10.5-inch iPad.

Starting with the former, KGI expects Apple to debut their home assistant speaker this WWDC in order to begin competing with the likes of Amazon, Google, and now Microsoft. The analyst believes this will come alongside the “announcement of software development details for home AI,” so it looks like some machine learning news will also be shared at this year’s keynote. High-quality speakers and possibly a touchscreen will accommodate Apple’s voice assistant, Siri, on this device, while a higher price tag than both Google and Amazon’s offerings will also supposedly be offered. It’s not exactly clear what this device will look like, but previous rumors suggest a Mac Pro-type appearance with lights on the top to indicate when Siri has been activated.

Moving on to the latter, Apple’s upcoming 10.5-inch iPad is a pretty strange device as it sits in the middle of its 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch brothers. Nonetheless, KGI expects the device to have a similar body and size to the 9.7-inch model while sporting a larger display accommodated by slim bezels, similar to what Samsung and LG did to their phones this year. This is also what Apple will reportedly do with the upcoming tenth anniversary iPhone. But if Apple does release this same design with the handset, it wouldn’t exactly make much sense to me to debut their minimal-bezel efforts on the iPad first rather the product they can actually depend on to sell well every quarter. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

The 10.5-inch iPad will reportedly go on sale in late Q2 which puts it in line with the potential June 5th announcement date. KGI thinks Apple will sell around 6 million of these iPads during 2017. As for the Siri speaker, possible statistics aren’t in just yet. Again, we’re simply gonna have to sit back and wait to see what happens.