Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

New iPad Pro Lineup Might Ditch The Headphone Jack

New iPad Pro Lineup Might Ditch The Headphone Jack

Apple is expected to unveil a new range of iPhones at an event in September, followed by the launch of new iPad Pro models sometime early next year.

Expect more images to leak soon so we can better judge what's to come. But recent rumors have suggested not all those changes will be good. The same report also states that the upcoming iPad Pro model will bid goodbye to the 3.5mm headphone jack and feature FaceID.

These schematics, published by @OnLeaks, seem to corroborate at least one of those claims.

Japanese site Macotakara, which has a reasonable record in predicting Apple's moves ahead of time, says that the 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch iPad Pros are set to get smaller overall, even while the screen size stays the same.

Is this a Smart Connector or something new entirely?

Landscape mode is nearly always best when using an iPad for productivity - especially if you regularly use two apps side-by-side in Split View.

The new iPad Pros are not expected to feature a Home button, and according to previous rumours, will include a TrueDepth camera system for Face ID. It may also adjust the positions of the Lightning connector and the smart connector for the keyboard for this objective. Of course, the device will still have bezels, but it would be very slim. As per the report, the setup would be made so as to make it easy for it to recognize faces in landscape orientation.

But with all that said, actually using an iPad with a keyboard in portrait mode would be an interesting experience.

We should remember, however, that this is just a rumor. With the days counting down until an official Apple announcement we simply don't need to wait much longer until we see exactly what Apple has in store for the market.

Could it instead be a rear-facing Touch ID sensor that lets you unlock the iPad with your fingertip when using it in landscape mode?

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