Apple is reportedly planning to add a 10.5 inch iPad Pro to its lineup of tablets this year, and according to a new report from noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it is likely to announce the device during this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, along with a touch-screen Siri speaker.
Kuo has been predicting that Apple will release a trio of new iPads (a 12.9 inch iPad Pro 2, a new 10.5 iPad Pro and a low-cost 9.7 iPad) in 2017 since August. According to a report on MacRumors, Kuo thinks that a reveal at this year’s conference is likely because of the timing of a production ramp up at the end of this quarter. The iPad in question will be similar to the 9.7 inch iPad, but could have smaller bezels thanks to a larger screen.
Kuo reiterated his belief that there is a 50 percent chance that Apple will use this year’s conference to launch its rumored Siri Speaker. In this latest report, he says that the device will come with a touch panel display, a feature that’s been rumored after recent comments from Phil Schiller. Apple employees have reportedly been testing the device for several months, which is designed to compete with Amazon’s Echo. While Amazon has released several versions of its own device, it revealed its first touchscreen model earlier this week.
This year’s conference is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 5th.