According to KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, dubbed the “best Apple analyst on the planet” by some, the company will likely launch their highly anticipated all new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and Siri Speaker at WWDC next month alongside iOS 11, macOS 10.13, tvOS 10 and watchOS 4.
Repeating his previous claims, Kuo’s latest report says there is a more than a 50% chance of the Siri Speaker launching next month at the developers conference, with a more than 70% chance of an all-new design 10.5-inch iPad Pro being unveiled too. The Siri Speaker would be an all-new category for the company and with WWDC revolving around software it would be a perfect opportunity for Apple to show off their voice assistant in the form of a physical product.
It’s believed Apple’s all new 10.9-inch iPad Pro will launch without a physical Home Button and boast a bezel-free design (a top bezel will remain for the front-facing FaceTime camera) which will allow for the 10.9-inch model to have the same overall footprint as the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
It’s widely believed Apple’s new Amazon Echo-like AI ‘Siri Hub’ device would perform similarly to Siri on iOS, allowing users to voice command their device to perform a range of tasks from home automation to up information and provide feedback.
According to Apple’s Phil Schiller, WWDC 2017 will be about the same size as previous conferences—about 5,000 developers and 1,000 engineers. The cost of tickets to the conference will also remain the same. – Apple says that it will still live stream all the sessions and provide video after the fact, for people who do not get a ticket to see the show in person.