2018 Apple iPad Pro Models Will Not Come With 3.5mm Headphone Jack

Written by Nitish Singh
Last updated June 16, 2021

Mac Otakara cited supply chain sources, revealing that the new Apple iPad Pro models are set to be smaller and will lose the fingerprint sensors and 3.5 mm audio jacks. The 10.5” iPad Pro will measure 247.5mm tall, 178.7mm wide with a thickness of just 6mm. The larger 12.9” iPad Pro will measure 280mm tall, 215mm wide, and will be 6.4mm thick. The reports seem legitimate as they line up with previous leaks which suggested the 2018 lineup of iPad Pros will undergo a design overhaul.

Apple has already removed the 3.5mm audio port from its mobile lineup starting with the 7th generation iPhone. The tech giant offers compact Bluetooth headphones (sold separately), or users can choose to use a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter to use their favorite pair of headphones. Removing the audio port allows Apple to fit in a bigger battery, a Taptic engine, and a better rear camera system for FaceID.

The TrueDepth camera with FaceID seen in newer Apple smartphones will also make the cut for the new iPad Pro devices. The Smart Connector which allows users to connect keyboards to their iPads is set to be moved to the bottom. It would make older Smart Keyboards unusable, which indicates new keyboard using NFC technology are in the works for the September hardware launch.

Otakara has also shed some light on the upcoming low-cost iPhone by Apple. He confirmed that the 6.1” iPhone would include a “Full Active” display utilizing an LCD panel from Japan Display instead of an OLED panel. “Full Active” displays can allow manufacturers to make phone thinners due to their form factor. It is also likely that the low-cost iPhone will not release in the consumer markets until November due to a slow production rate.

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