Apple Likely to Unveil 10.5-inch iPad Pro, Siri Smart Speaker at WWDC [Report]

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says there’s over 70 percent likelihood that Apple’s rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro with a redesigned chassis is formally announced at the June 5 WWDC keynote as suppliers are gearing up for volume production in early June.

The 10.5-inch iPad is said to be similar in size to the 9.7-inch iPad but with smaller bezels. Kuo believes there is a greater than 70% chance it will be unveiled at the developer conference.

Here’s an excerpt from the note:
The newly designed 10.5-inch iPad Pro will have a similar form factor to the 9.7-inch 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 and commercial sectors.
He added that Foxconn will be assemble the new device, while GIS will be the sole supplier of touch panel modules. KGI forecast 10.5-inch iPad Pro shipments of five to six million units in fiscal 2017, accounting for fifteen percent of total fiscal 2017 iPad shipments.

The analyst did not specify if the upcoming device will have the traditional LCD screen or one based on AMOLED display technology like iPhone 8. For what it’s worth, Kuo said in August 2016 that a “revolutionary” iPad model with flexible AMOLED panels and other “radical changes” in form factor design shouldn’t be expected before 2018.

“The screen area would then increase by up to 31 percent. However, with no bezel at all the screen diagonal would then be 11.2 inches for the same outside dimensions as the current 9.7-inch iPad model with the rounded corners,” he added.

So what do you think?



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