As Worldwide Developers Conference gets closer with every passing day, more and more rumors about the upcoming event have started to circulate. The latest talks about another hardware launch to be held at WWDC this year: iPad Pro 10.5-inch.
Traditionally, WWDC is Apple’s showcase event for launching the next major updates for not only its mobile and desktop operating systems, but also updates for tvOS and watchOS. Therefore, this year Apple is almost-certain to launch major updates including iOS 11, tvOS 10.12, watchOS 4, and macOS 10.13, keeping in line with the pattern of previous years.
However, alongside the usual software launches, Apple’s first smart central hub powered by Siri and possibly, the 10.5-inch display version of iPad Pro could also be part of the launch lineup at the conference. The Siri speaker has been in the limelight for quite a few weeks now, after KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo hinted that Apple could launch its own virtual assistant Home device at WWDC this year. It is reported that the Siri hub will sport seven speakers and a sub-woofer, and come with a touch display that would allow for a number of functions and will not be restricted to only the voice-enabled commands. Much like the Amazon Echo Show launched last week!
As for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, it was again the renowned Apple analyst Kuo who intimated that Apple could launch the new variant of iPad housed within the 9.7-inch iPad Pro chassis, but will sport much-smaller bezels that would allow a larger display. It was in March this year that IBS Markit analyst Rhoda Alexander made clear that Apple will be looking to begin limited production for the iOS device, and WWDC could be a possible slot for official launch.
Kuo’s prediction, then, starts making a lot more sense and Worldwide Developers Conference this year could actually feature not one, but two new products making their first official appearance. To recall, WWDC is going back to its roots this year as it will be held from June 5 to June 9 at San Jose, California, where it was first held in 1990.