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Analyst predicts ‘low-end’ HomePod and new Apple Pencil

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang predicts that Apple will ship a “low-end” HomePod this fall costing between $150 and $200 instead of the current model’s $349 and a new Apple Pencil.

He offered no hints on what features a less expensive HomePod would have. However, Zhang thinks the Apple Pencil 2 will work with not just iPad Pros, but a 6.5-inch “iPhone X Plus.” The analyst also expects a faster iPhone SE and an iPad Pro with a TrueDepth camera.

Chances these things will happen, per the Sellers Research Group (that’s me):

A low end HomePod: 30%. With Apple promoting the sound quality on the wireless speaker, I’d expect a bigger, more expensive HomePod rather than a low-end one if Apple wants to expand the line.

An Apple Pencil 2: 100%. I don’t think it will work with an iPhone X Plus, but I do predict that it will  feature a new magnetic system that will allow it to temporarily attach to an iPad.

A faster iPhone SE: 100%. It only makes sense.

An iPad Pro with TrueDepth camera: 100%. This, too, seems logical. Also, look for at least one iPad Pro model with Face ID.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.