USB-C Instead of Lightning Again Rumored for Upcoming iPad Pro Models

Apple's upcoming iPad Pro models will feature a USB-C port instead of a traditional Lightning port, according to information gathered from accessory makers at the Global Source Mobile Electronics Trade Fair by Japanese site Mac Otakara.

The trade fair kicked off today and Mac Otakara heard "talk" from manufacturers attending the event about a switch to USB-C.

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iPad Pro mockup by Álvaro Pabesio

This isn't the first time we've heard of Apple's plans to adopt USB-C instead of Lightning on its new iPad Pro models, which would further bridge the gap between mobile device and computer.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who often accurately predicts Apple's plans, said in September that Apple's 2018 iPad Pro models will use USB-C instead of Lightning. USB-C connectivity would enable new functionality, such as the ability to connect an iPad Pro to a 4K monitor.

Mac Otakara also says that manufacturers at the event were showing off a photo of the 2018 iPad Pro dimensions that was first shared on Slashleaks last week.

That image, said to be based on measurements secured from case makers, suggested the smaller iPad Pro model will be 7 inches wide (178.52mm) and 9.7 inches tall (247.64mm), while the larger model will be 8.5 inches wide (215mm) and 11 inches tall (280.66mm). Both models could have bezels that measure in at 6mm around all sides, and at least one model may be as thin as 5.9mm.

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Apple's new iPad Pro models are rumored to feature a TrueDepth camera system for Face ID and no Home button. The new devices are expected to make their debut on Tuesday, October 30, at an event Apple is planning to hold in Brooklyn, New York.

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Top Rated Comments

macmyworld Avatar
73 months ago
If they are switching to USB C they could have done it with the new iPhones also. This just makes it for of a PIA when I travel.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Porco Avatar
73 months ago
How about both? It’s big enough. Remember when ‘Pro’ meant you got more I/O options, not fewer?

(I don’t mean the option to buy overpriced dongles and adapters, I mean actually in the devices themselves...)
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Naimfan Avatar
73 months ago
USB-C would be a welcome addition. As long as it retains the headphone jack.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cmaier Avatar
73 months ago
Ah, well. I really prefer lightning. I’ll survive.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AppleHaterLover Avatar
73 months ago
Good! It’s not like I’ve spent HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS in cables for my iPhones and iPad and bought a very expensive 2m USB-C to lightning literally just last month.

Bring it on, Apple! Innovation!!!!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MrJeffreyGee Avatar
73 months ago
This new iPad is going to be a huge difference from my gen 1.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)