Ming-Chi Kuo Says Apple Likely to Unveil 10.5" iPad Pro and Touchscreen Siri Smart Speaker at WWDC
May 13, 2017 6:39 am PDT by Eric Slivka
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.


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.
The newly designed 10.5” iPad Pro will have a similar form factor to the 9.7” model, but will feature a larger display thanks to narrow bezels. The new design should improve the user experience and help gain traction in the corporate/ commercial sectors. We forecast 10.5” iPad shipments of 5.0-6.0mn units in 2017F, accounting for 15% of total 2017F
iPad shipments.
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.
In our April 28 Insight report (“Apple’s first home AI product to see cyclical shipments of over 10mn units; main competitor is Amazon Echo”), we offered estimates for the new home AI/ Siri speaker line. We also believe this new product will come with a touch panel.
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.

Related Roundups: iPad Pro, HomePod

Top Rated Comments

(View all)

15 months ago
Ming-Chi doesn't have any Kuo what's being released. :)
Rating: 18 Votes
15 months ago
I wouldn't be surprised if Apple's Speaker would come with a Touch Bar™, instead of a 'full' display.
Rating: 15 Votes
15 months ago
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.
Rating: 14 Votes
15 months ago
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...
Rating: 14 Votes
15 months ago
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:?
Rating: 12 Votes
15 months ago
In what year are they going to update the Macs?
Rating: 12 Votes
15 months ago
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.
Rating: 12 Votes
15 months ago
10.5 will be the perfect size between the too big 12.9.
Rating: 9 Votes
15 months ago
This guy is probably Cook's bf
Rating: 6 Votes
15 months ago
I'm not sure I understand the point of this new iPad. Is it going to have new features? Is it going to take advantage of the slightly larger screen space? Even the much larger Pro doesn't do this. The 9.7" pro is already a good sized screen. If anything they should eliminate the bezels of the current size iPad and create one that has a smaller form factor.
Rating: 6 Votes

[ Read All Comments ]
Newer Article Older Article