"Apple to launch 10.5" iPad Pro and Siri speaker at WWDC

However, besides the rumored new iPad models, Apple's upcoming major Amazon Echo and Microsoft Cortana competitor might finally be prime for a grand reveal.

Apple hasn't been entirely consistent with release dates so it's hard to tell whether or not a new device is coming out. For the past few years, Apple has focused on software announcements as these are relevant news for its developer community.

All in all, up until recently not much was known about Siri Speaker. This rumored device might have a True Tone display which means that the tablet automatically adjusts the screen temperature depending on the kind of light in the area where it's being used.

A Bloomberg report last September arguably kick-started the focus on Siri Speaker.

While Amazon has issued several versions of its device, it announced the first touchscreen model in this week. The 10.5 inch iPad Pro could also replace the current 9.7 inch iPad Pro. By introducing its refreshed Pro line-up after the namesake product, Apple could be intending to increase familiarity with the new structure.

While Dickson's report was met with skepticism at the start, it was quickly corroborated by reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.

In a more recent note (also via MacRumors), Kuo added a final detail - that it will be endowed with a touch screen. The speaker is expected to allow users to stream music and control Internet of Things (IoT) around their homes. Apart from this, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro 2 is speculated to feature an improved camera module and water resistance capabilities. 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.

At this point, it's not explicitly clear what the "touch panel" will offer. So Apple might be interested in showing it around at its big event.

Well, I won't talk to either one specifically, [I] don't want to. Additionally, the company is expected to discuss improvements in its other operating systems, like watchOS for Apple Watch and tvOS for its Apple TV set-top box. It failed to make an appearance as Apple instead revealed a different standalone device. However, if it can come up with many reasonably successful new product categories that, in aggregate, can help drive solid revenue and profit growth (as well as hook people into its product ecosystem), then that would be a solid way to build shareholder value. As it stands now, would you purchase a Siri Speaker?

  • Joey Payne