New Apple iPad Pro ditches both Lightning port and headphone jack
The newer USB-C standard does double duty on its professionally orientated tablets.
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The iPad's lack of an audio output is part of the explosion in
headphones, but it is less convenient for people using wired headphones. John Turnus, Apple's VP of hardware engineering, said onstage that USB-C is compatible with a wide range of accessories, including the company's new $9 USB-C to 3.5mm adaptor.
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Apple included a 3.5mm-to-Lightning adaptor with previous versions of the
, but this year's iPhone XS and XR ask customers to pay extra for one (also $9). According to Apple's iPad Pro specs page, there's no USB-C headphone adapter in the box with the iPad Pro.
On the plus side, the lack of ports means that the 12.9-inch's chassis is now 15 per cent slimmer than the previous version, at 5.9mm thick.
Apple also unveiled an
Apple MacBook Air
at the event, which added a Touch ID sensor but kept the headphone jack.
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