Apple will be unveiling new versions of iOS 11, macOS 10.14, watchOS 4, and tvOS, Apple is expected to unveil a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a Siri-based smart speaker at WWDC 2017, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo report. 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.
“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.”
As previously noted, Kuo thinks that there is a greater than 50% chance Apple will unveil a Siri smart speaker at WWDC to rival the Amazon Echo. The speaker could launch later in the year giving developers time to support the product. Kuo believes it will include a touch panel display, similar to the Echo Show.
“In our April 28 Insight report (“Apple’s first home AI product to see cyclical shipments of over 10mn units; the 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.”
I have tried out Amazon Echo dot 2 and using Siri from the iOS 4. Siri can do a lot of things and Alexa can do far beyond that. Both are amazing. If Siri get’s more powers then surely it will beat Alexa. Apple’s new smart speakers better be awesome than Alexa. Anyways, are you ready to install iOS 11 ? Then register your iPhone UDID to Apple Developer Program early now so that you can install right away after the WWDC 2017 event.[Via iclarified]
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