Rumor Claims Next iPad Pro to Feature New Four-Pin Connectors

A new rumor claims that the next-generation 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPad Pro will feature two new four-pin connectors of some sort, distinguished from the current three-pin Smart Connector in the iPad Pro.

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The rumor from Mac Otakara, citing "reliable sources," says that the next iPad Pro, expected to debut possibly as soon as this fall, will feature a new connector on the top and bottom edges of the device that has four pins rather than three. The publication suggests that the new connector could be intended to power accessories connected to the device's Thunderbolt port.

Apple is working on updated versions of both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro that are expected to launch in September or October. It has been recently reported that Apple plans to delay the launch of iPadOS 16 until October, which could coincide with the launch of new iPads. The 2022 iPad Pro will feature the M2 Apple silicon chip and MagSafe charging capabilities. You can learn more about the 2022 iPad Pro with our dedicated guide.

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Top Rated Comments

Premium1 Avatar
24 months ago
Ah yes, another change for the environment so that any 3 pin smart connector accessories won't work with the new models.
Score: 52 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheDailyApple Avatar
24 months ago

The Smart Connector is used to connect a wide variety of accessories to the iPad
"Wide variety"? I wasn't aware of any other accessories that currently use it besides the keyboard.
Score: 43 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bored Avatar
24 months ago
So by extrapolation, in 26 years Apple will introduce a 30-pin connector. Just like the good ol' days of 2003.
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GMShadow Avatar
24 months ago
Hopefully it’s just an extra pin to the side and existing accessories still work…
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BarrettF77 Avatar
24 months ago
Wow Apple is greedy. Basically this means same form factor, but one change to ensure the old case cannot be used.

Tim Crook at it’s finest.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iDento Avatar
24 months ago
I’ll wait for the 5 pins one.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)