Analyst: Apple to ship revamped iPad Pro with TrueDepth Camera and Face ID, no Home button in Q2

“Apple’s prepping to release a revamped ‘iPad Pro’ with a slimmer bezel and no home button and the ‘Face ID’ function in the June-ending quarter, according to a note this morning from Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang,” Tiernan Ray reports for Barron’s. “He’s modeling ‘total iPad production to be between 16-18 million units, with 6-8 million iPad Pro models likely implementing 3D sensing functionality in the June quarter… Our research suggests the new iPad should be ready for mass production with a release date likely in late-Q2.'”

“Zhang also thinks the same quarter may see a smaller version of Apple’s ‘HomePod’ smart speaker, though he doesn’t offer a time frame for such a device,” Ray reports. “‘Apple’s HomePod sales are on track to meet Apple’s 5 million unit target,’ he writes. ‘If released, we believe a lower-end HomePod model could help Apple further penetrate the low-end smart speaker market possibly later this year.”‘”

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MacDailyNews Take: Bring it on and spare us the kludgey you-know-what, please! Just put it in the bezel where it belongs.

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  1. Still thrilled and happy with the last gen 10.5″ 512Gb iPad Pro which fills all my needs beautifully and doesn’t feel to have slowed down a bit. Won’t need replacing for a couple more years. (Hopefully no Ninotchkas on the new iPad Pro though.)

  2. And thanks to my ACPP+ that just expired in February, I received a brand new Gen 1 iPad Pro 12.9” because my original 2016 iPad’s battery wouldn’t hold a charge. It was like getting a new iPad Pro for free and good for an additional two years. As my iPhone 7+ is still under its ACPP+ for seven more months, I’m now off now to AT&T for my second Apple Watch, this time a 42 mm Stainless Steel Series 3 model. All things are good in my household.

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