Apple is Removing 3.5mm Jack From Upcoming 2018 iPad Pro Models?

Yolanda Curtis
August 2, 2018

New iPad Pro models may come with smaller bezels and Face ID. Now, Apple also joins this trend and it seems that the next victims will be the iPad Pro, which will not have the headphone jack. Along with the expectation that the upcoming iPads will include the iPhone X's FaceID technology, there's evidence suggesting the tablets will be dropping the standard 3.5mm headphone jack, as well as getting smaller all around.

Back in 2016, the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that he would expect an iPad Pro with Face ID "in the second half of 2018". Meanwhile the 12.9-inch model will be trimmed even more to 280mm tall, 215mm wide, and 6.4mm thick (down from 305.7mm x 220.6mm x 6.9mm). The slimmer bezels at the top and bottom are good enough to surround the Face ID area at the top and the display controller at the bottom.

Apple is expected to release two high-end iPhones in 2018 with different screen sizes, as well as a midrange, 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display.

Mac Otokara's dimensions also align with earlier reports suggesting Apple plans a complete redesign with the introduction of its 2018 iPad Pro models, slimming down the bezels much akin to how it did with its almost all-screen iPhone X. Apple is expected to launch three iPhones this year.

Apple is widely speculated to update the Pencil stylus with the 2018 iPad Pro lineup. We also heard that the audio jack will be absent and the newest CAD images show us that the Smart Connector will be relocated to the rear of the device, horizontally aligned with the Lightning port.

But we've wondered how exactly the iPad Pro will handle Face ID.

The site also reports that a "diamond-cut" design will feature front and back, similar to the iPhone SE. There's no confirmation on the names of the upcoming iPhones for now, but there are details about the features, design, specs and price of the new iPhones floating all around the internet. This would mean that the Smart Keyboard, for example, would also only be usable in portrait mode, which doesn't sound ideal. The 10.5-inch model is said to measure 247.5mm (H) x 178.7mm (W) x 6mm (T), which is more compact when compared to the current iPad Pro's 250.6mm x 174.1mm x 6.1mm.

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