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Apple to drop 3.5mm headphone jack on the upcoming iPad Pro models?

By Cookie Monster - on 28 Jul 2018, 12:12pm

Apple to drop 3.5mm headphone jack on the upcoming iPad Pro models?

Japanese site Macotakara published a report with new details on the upcoming iPad Pro models. 

According to Macotakara, the 3.5mm headphone jack will be removed on the new tablets. While Apple bundles a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter for the iPhone, it will not do the same for the iPad Pro devices. 

As the new iPad Pro models are said to not support landscape Face ID, Apple is rumored to be shifting the Smart Connector to "the lower rear side" of the tablet which will be closer to the Lightning connector. Since the iPad Pro is typically used in landscape mode with accessories such as the Smart Keyboard, this could mean that "the next iPad Pro Smart Keyboard may be changed to vertical position specifications".

Macotakara also reveals the physical dimensions of the upcoming iPad Pro models. They are likely to occupy a smaller footprint compared to the current models. Below is a table comparison of the likely measurements of the new models against the current models: 

  10.5-inch iPad Pro 12.9-inch iPad Pro
Rumored dimensions of new model 247.5 x 178.7 x 6mm 280 x 215 x
Dimensions of
current model
250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1mm 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9mm

Source: Macotakara via 9to5Mac