The new iPad Pro lineup, announced today, includes slim bezels, no Home button, and Face ID support. But the lineup also makes another important, if not inevitable, change.
Apple launched the dedicated page for the new 2018 iPad Pro in both 11- and 12.9-inch variants, which includes an easy way to preorder the new devices if you are so inclined. Along with the standard marketing to help sell the new devices, Apple also has its “Tech Specs” section, which goes over the major bullet points for the device on a more technical level. That includes going over the dimensions of the devices, and just which buttons and connectors the tablets have.
Which reveals that the new iPad Pro models are the first to officially drop the 3.5mm headphone jack from the mix. This is obviously a move that Apple pulled several years ago with the launch of the iPhone 7. Up to this point, Apple has kept the port in several different new products, including the 9.7-inch iPad introduced earlier this year. However, with the launch of the 2018 iPad Pro lineup, it means that Apple has officially dropped the headphone jack from its flagship lineups as of now.
The move is not surprising for a variety of reasons. First, this is the direction Apple has been moving in ever since it dropped the headphone jack from the iPhone. Next, the new iPad Pro is remarkably thin at just 5.9mm, so the removal of the headphone jack is a necessary evil as the company slims things down for its big screen devices.
As previously reported, Apple is including an 18W USB-C power adapter in the box with the iPad Pro this year. However, the company is not including the 3.5mm headphone jack adapter, just like it didn’t with its newest iPhones. So you’ll either need to use one you already have, or pick up the USb-C to 3.5mm headphone jack dongle that Apple sells for $9.
So, what do you think? Are you miffed by this decision? Or is a headphone jack something you don’t really think about anymore?