Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple's 10.5-inch iPad Pro is prime for a June announcement at WWDC 2017


Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a fresh prediction in regards to the upcoming (allegedly) 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The Apple Nostradamus thinks the tablet in question will be formally announced at the company's WWDC event in June. It sounds like a logical probability, although Apple doesn't have much of a track record with device announcements at its developers conference.

Then again, this 10.5-inch iPad could be a little extra special with a design that reportedly features super-thin screen bezels. So Apple might be interested in showing it around at its big event. With sluggish all-around tablet sales and the last iPad announcement basically being a souped-up iPad Air, anything with even minor novelty to it has the potential to stir public interest.

Another clue towards a WWDC announcement emerged earlier in May, when a screenshot of Urban Armor Gear's iPad Pro cases revealed three 10.5-inch cases scheduled for June.

Additionally, Kuo believes that said iPad is scheduled to enter production later in June. If that's true, WWDC would be just the right occasion – big and timely – for the 10.5-incher's world debut. Another interesting announcement that could be is the rumored Siri-activated speaker that may or may not feature a touchscreen display and capacitive touch controls, in addition to a hi-fi audio system crafted in the manically obsessive Apple way. With these two in the pipeline, WWDC 2017 could be Cupertino's most interesting developer conference in years!

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source: 9to5Mac

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9 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Wonder how they will make it useful? Cause no one is falling for the laptop replacement BS anymore.

2. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

For productivity, it's a great pdf and epub reader. But if it was a true laptop replacement then they would include the keyboard and not make it an optional accessory and possible bundle it with the pencil too.

4. shawman

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

There is a large subset of people who use their laptops for just email, facebook, chat and video etc. For them iPad is good enough. My father switched to iPad Air(1st gen) from his windows laptop and he is happy with it. I dont like tablets and hate even my windows 2 in 1. Will probably buy either MBP or a nice windows 14" laptop.

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I'm one of those people and have been trying to explain this to other people. My job provides a laptop to do work. For home use, I don't even need a full laptop. The 12.9 inch suits me perfectly for my needs. The only problem with iPads are that they don't save you any money when buying them over a windows laptop. That's where the issue is. That coupled with the fact that they last seems like forever. Why upgrade?

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple, we need a x86 iPad, running OSX and iOS at the same time.im fact just let it run OSX, and rin iOS in a VM inaide OS X. That would be the best move. If you dont thr Ipad is gonna fall off rhe face of rhe earth. Smartphones now because they are bigger are taking away the need for tablet. Especially if it offers nothing over what the phone does.

6. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

My Anti wasted $499 on ipad, all she does is browsing Facebook. My uncle wasted $349 on iPad mini, all he does is making Viber call lol. I gotta give a credit to Apple for brain-washing people.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Your Anti? Wtf... you mean aunt, right?

8. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Sounds like your Aunt and Uncle bought two devices with their own money and are using them as they like. Yup they are the crazy/fanboy/brainwashed/zombie crowd right? Not you complaining about what other people do with their money or how they use their devices, nah that's just what the Elite do.

9. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

I might upgrade just for the processor. There is something slightly off by the performance of my iPad Pro 9.7. Lags with loading web pages a lot more than I would like.

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