2018 iPad Pro Range Will Lack 3.5mm Headphone Jack And Repositioned Something Else

Apple is reportedly planning to ditch 3.5mm headphone jack in 2018 iPad Pro, alongside also repositioning smart connector, smaller bezels, and others.

2018 isn’t just about a slew of new iPhones, but Apple is also set to announce something else in its product lineup, be the new iPad Pro models, too. Now, we have some additional details filtering through about the internal and external DNA of those new tablet models.

iPad Pro Concept Bezels

Apple in the year 2018 is expected to introduce two refreshed models. A revamped iPad Pro 10.5-inch model as well as a larger 12.9-inch model. The reports say that the 2nd-gen 10.5-inch iPad Pro will measure 247.5 x 178.7 x 6mm. For comparison, the existing 10.5-inch model measures 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1mm.

Dimensions for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will have a 280 x 215 x 6.4mm screen size which makes it relatively smaller than the 2nd gen. iPad Pro has dimensions of 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9mm. While the bigger 12.9-inch iPad Pro variant is getting a bigger reduction in size compared to the 10.5-inch model. By the way, it should help make the former tablet slightly more portable to carry forward.

If accurate, those dimensions suggest that both models will be physically smaller than the current models, with the 12,9-inch model offering the same size panel but fitted inside a noticeably smaller frame. That will be an instant selling point for customers.

The report also citing supply chain sources in the suggestion that iPad Pro will follow the lead first introduced by iPhone 7 by entirely removing the 3.5mm headphone jack for audio. Where AirPods came in. Apple is now providing Lightning-based earbuds with new iPhone models but initially provided a 3.5mm to Lightning adapter to try and ease the pain of removing the 3.5mm port on earlier iPhone models.

With that said, Apple will be able to make the new iPad Pros smaller by ditching Touch ID and replacing it with Face ID. Courage, Apple will not be implementing landscape Face ID support on the iPad Pro models. This might pose a problem for many since consumers tend to prefer using their iPad in landscape mode respectively.

For now, it is unclear that it seems that same adapter will not be provided with the new iPad Pros. The logical explanation, however, here is that the iPad Pro will come equipped with the aforementioned Lightning-based official Apple earbuds.

Those buying the year’s Pro models can expect to own a device which does come with Face ID and the inclusion of a TrueDepth camera system to make that possible. This is typically how a lot of iPad Pro owners use the tablet after connecting accessories to the hardware.

The Smart Connector is also being moved to the lower side on the rear, closer to the Lightning jack. If it’s true, all existing Smart Connector-based accessories available in the market will probably not be compatible with the new iPads.

The smaller physical size of the tablet will definitely appeal to consumers but how do you feel about Face ID in portrait mode only? Due to this new position, the Smart Keyboard for the next-generation iPad Pro will also switch to a vertical layout. Which by means, might be counter-intuitive for many so it remains to be seen how Apple implements this change.

MacOtakara doesn’t exactly have the most amazing track record when it comes to predictions, better than Ming-Chi Kuo, but nothing in the report seems to be entirely out of the realms of possibility. Of course, his report does raise a lot of questions about Apple’s upcoming iPad Pro lineup. Where there’s a lack of landscape support in Face ID, a repositioned Smart Connector, and the removal of 3.5mm jack will probably end up being a deal breaker for many.

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(Source: MacOtakara | Image: iPad Pro 2018 concept)

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