The New iPad Pro Could Borrow the iPhone's Worst Feature

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After deciding that iPhone owners didn't need a headphone jack a few years ago, Apple may be thinking that pro-level tablet users are at that same stage.

That's a third of the news coming from a report from Japanese supply chain blog Macokatara regarding the iPad Pros that will release this year.iPad Pro Slimming Down, Dropping Headphone Jack

Let's start with the good news, though. Both iPad Pros will reportedly get slimmer, but the margins are pretty tiny. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro (currently 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1 millimeters) will be shaved down to 247.5 x 178.7 x 6 millimeters, while  the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (which measures 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9 millimeters) will drop to 280 x 215 x 6.4 millimeters.

And as for the headphone jack's death, the report notes that "the microphone at the top of the head, and the upper part of the back joins together to create stereo microphone specifications with 2 microphones at the top of the head." According to the report, this improved audio setup could eliminate Apple's need to include a traditional audio jack.

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The report also mentions that the Smart Connector port will also move from the right edge of the tablet to the bottom edge. This would change how users dock the tablet for use with the Smart Keyboard Cover from a horizontal to a vertical orientation, which would make the iPad look like a piece of paper sticking out of a typewriter. 

The report also mentions Face ID coming to the iPad Pro, something we've heard about for a while, including a report from revered Apple prognosticator Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this month.

Credit: Laptop Mag

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    @ViewRoyal That was a fascinating read, but nobody needs to rebuit you. If you want a response, turn on your bluetooth headphones, pick you your iPad Pro, then hit the 'Garageband' icon. Now, touch "New Document. Now, touch any instrument.

    Uh-oh ... what's that?

    That message, what does it say?

    Dismiss it and give it a try anyway. Go ahead, we'll wait.

    Ooops, bet you're looking for a buggy whip, eh?

    If it's old it must be worse. Just a few years ago, people could fly from New York to London at about 1,500 MPH.

    The option now longer exists. Now, it's 500MPH or nothing.

    Bluetooth has much higher latency, and lower bandwidth than the headphone jack. But hey, cheer it's demise as a sign of progress. I mean, it's not like Idiocracy was a documentary.

    So technology starts going in reverse ... what's the worst that can happen? After all *you* don't use it.

    Yeah, I'm sure it'll be fine.

  • Music Ledge Says:

    ViewRoyal is obviously do not produce music with an iPad Pro. You see, unlike floppy disks or buggy whips, the audio jack still is very useful to a lot of people in the music production. Latency of Bluetooth is still a big problem and will screw up your workflow. Otherwise Apple should just remove the PRO moniker from the iPad Pro.

  • ViewRoyal Says:

    ""the microphone at the top of the head, and the upper part of the back joins together to create stereo microphone specifications with 2 microphones at the top of the head." According to the report, this improved audio setup could eliminate Apple's need to include a traditional audio jack."

    What does the change in location of the dual built-in microphones have to do with whether the iPad has a headphone jack or not?

    As for not having a headphone jack in future iPads, that's just fine with me. Like many other people, I have not used a wired headphone with my iPhone or iPad in several years. I have several Bluetooth headphones/earbuds that I use. There are brand new sets of wired EarPods that come packaged with the iPhones and iPads I bought, that are in a drawer and have never been used.

    Worrying about the loss of the analog headphone jack (ancient technology that is more than 100 years old) is like worrying about the loss of floppy disks... Or buggy whips.

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