New 11 and 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Models Have No Headphone Jack

Prior to today's event, iPad Pro rumors suggested Apple would remove the headphone jack from the updated tablet, and as it turns out, those rumors were accurate.

Apple's newly redesigned 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models do not feature a headphone jack, with the port now officially eliminated from all flagship iPhone and iPad models.


Apple's new tablets are just 5.9mm thick, a slim size that was likely enabled through the removal of the headphone jack. To allow customers to use 3.5mm headphones with their new tablets, Apple is selling a $9 USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack, which will plug in to the USB-C port on the bottom of the device.

The USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack is not included with an iPad Pro purchase and must be bought separately if you want to use 3.5mm headphones with the new tablet.

The headphone jack has been missing from the iPhone since the introduction of the iPhone 7, which upset many customers at the time of its removal. Since then, people have become accustomed to using Bluetooth headphones like the AirPods, which may be why Apple felt that it was also time to eliminate the port from its new iPads as well.

Apple's iPad Pro models feature its latest technology with edge-to-edge displays, Face ID, super fast A12X bionic chips, and USB-C connectivity rather than a Lightning port.

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13 months ago
Good. No one wants a headphone jack in 2018. The higher prices and no headphone jack represent key features that all apple fans will love!

In fact, considering that this is essentially an Iphone XS plus max, where the screen size is 2x bigger than the iphone XS plus max, apple should have priced it at exactly twice the price! $2198!!

This Ipad is severely underpriced!!
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13 months ago
It’s ok I’ll just use my lightning to headphone jack dongle....oh....wait.....
Rating: 21 Votes
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13 months ago
Makes no sense. There's enough room in there to put one, surely.
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13 months ago
No headphone jack, no buy...I don't care how courageous you claim to be.
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13 months ago
For me, This is kind of unfortunate, because I like to charge my iPad and use my headphones at the same time, which unfortunately is going to cause a problem.
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13 months ago
Aaaand, a camera hump...
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13 months ago

It's not like Bluetooth is a thing. Right?

It isn’t on most soundboards where I play.
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13 months ago
I don't really mind that they got rid of it.. but it's a shame it doesn't have 2 usb-c ports to make up for it.
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13 months ago
Between this and the lack of Touch ID, I'm going to pass on this round.

The lack of a headphone jack on my iPhone X drives me crazy. Almost enough to switch to something else.
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13 months ago
I don’t get Apple’s war on this useful connector. So many good headphones aren’t Bluetooth and the high end ones are always wired and I always thought Apple had a special place for good audio owing to Steve’s love of music. There is ample space for one, especially in an iPad, why not give the consumer a choice? Completely user hostile. I’m hating most things they put out now where they sacrifice usability for thinness.
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