Apple Said to Be Removing Headphone Jack From Upcoming 2018 iPad Pro Models

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's upcoming iPad Pro models will feature slightly smaller bodies, a relocated Smart Connector, and no headphone jack, according to information shared by Japanese site Mac Otakara.

    Citing supply chain sources, Mac Otakara says the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro will measure in at 247.5mm tall, 178.7mm wide, and 6mm, compared to the current size of 250.6mm x 174.1mm x 6.1mm. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is said to measure 280mm tall, 215mm wide, and 6.4mm thick, compared to the current measurements of 305.7mm x 220.6mm x 6.9mm.


    These dimensions line up with rumors suggesting Apple plans to introduce a full redesign with the 2018 iPad Pro models, slimming down the bezels much like it did with the iPhone X. Though smaller in size, the new iPads will feature larger displays thanks to the bezel reduction. The new iPad Pros are not expected to feature a Home button, and according to previous rumors, will include a TrueDepth camera system for Face ID.

    Mac Otakara also suggests that the 2018 iPad Pro models will not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack, with Apple opting to eliminate it.

    iPhones have not had a headphone jack since it was removed in the iPhone 7, and Apple has instead relied on Bluetooth devices like the AirPods along with Lightning-based headphones. Apple is not expected to ship the new iPad Pro models with a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter, which would be in line with analyst predictions suggesting that adapter will not come with the 2018 iPhones either.

    In the iPhone lineup, the headphone jack was removed for improved water resistance and to make space for internal components like a bigger battery, the Taptic Engine, and the rear camera system. It is not clear if Apple is facing the same space constraints in the iPad Pro with the introduction of the TrueDepth camera system or if this is a move to align iPad and iPhone features.

    A portion of Mac Otakara's report says that Apple will use a "diamond cut" for both the front and the back of the new iPad Pro models, which seems to mean that the tablets could have a design that's similar the iPhone SE with beveled edges.

    The Smart Connector on the iPads has reportedly been relocated from the side to the bottom near the Lightning port, which may require a new vertically oriented Smart Keyboard. It's not clear how a vertical Smart Keyboard would work, as it would likely be unstable in that orientation, especially for the larger iPad Pro.

    Apple is said to be making this change because Face ID will work only when the iPad Pro is in a vertical orientation, with Mac Otakara saying that it is "impossible to release the lock with the main unit turned sideways." Previous information from Mac Otakara suggested Apple was working on horizontal Face ID for the iPad Pro, and hints of such a feature were discovered in iOS 12.

    In addition to these changes to the iPad Pro, Mac Otakara also shared a bit of information on the rumored 6.1-inch low-cost iPhone. Confirming previous rumors, the site says the device will use a "Full Active" LCD display sourced from Japan Display. Full Active panels allow Apple to slim down the bezels of the LCD iPhone, bringing it in line with the two OLED devices.

    Possible front glass panels for the 2018 iPhones, with 6.1-inch model in middle​

    Mac Otakara's sources have also echoed previous reports pointing towards production difficulties for the 6.1-inch iPhone. When production on the phone started this month, Apple was reportedly seeing a 1 percent completion rate, suggesting a delayed November launch for the device.

    Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty made a similar prediction earlier this week, suggesting issues with "LED backlight leakage" could lead to a one month delay in production. Huberty's information indicated the delay had originally been six weeks, so it's possible Mac Otakara is working with older data. Other sources, such as Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, are not expecting launch delays, so it's unclear what's going on with the 6.1-inch iPhone at this time.

    Mac Otakara has a somewhat mixed track record when it comes to rumors, sometimes sharing information that's spot on and sometimes missing the mark. For that reason, though this information is quite specific, these new details should be viewed with some skepticism until confirmed by secondary sources.

    Article Link: Apple Said to Be Removing Headphone Jack From Upcoming 2018 iPad Pro Models
  2. cwwilson macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2009
    Oklahoma City, OK
    This would be a terrible decision on Apple’s part.
  3. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Vertical only smart keyboards would ruin the purpose of the 10.5” pro which was to accommodate a full sized keyboard. I imagine most people use their iPads primarily in landscape. If FaceID can’t work in any orientation, it shouldn’t be put in the iPad yet. Hoping this is a false rumor because I was really looking forward to upgrading to the smaller pro to replace my release day 12.9”.
  4. farewelwilliams, Jul 28, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2018
  5. Mac4Brains macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2005
    I miss Steve. He was smart enough to see that people did not like the idea of them removing the 3.5mm jack from the phones. Tim appears to have the attitude of, "Hey if everyone hated it then we should do that on our products as well" None of this would be going on if Steve was still running Apple.
  6. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
  7. Fried Chicken macrumors 6502

    Fried Chicken

    Jun 11, 2011
  8. hoon2999 macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2012
    Another redesign to make previous accessories useless?? I mean, I get the headphone jack part. And I would like the iPad to be ligher since I carry it around everywhere. But there must be a way to make their own accessories to work with newer versions. Like at least leave them at the same spot so we can connect the damn $200 keyboard that we only got to use for 1-2 years.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 28, 2018 ---
    Hold it at the notch
  9. Drunkw4rrior macrumors newbie


    Jul 28, 2018
    No headphone jack? This foolishness is why I went back to android. Tim cook is doing too.much. In other words if you're editing video and/or make beats you're just screwed? Guess I'll be holding onto my iPad pro 12.9 for a while
  10. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    This is going to be a physical redesign with different dimensions according to all the rumors. Any time that happens you can just assume your old accessories that rely on the physical design of the iPad to function will be obsolete.
  11. rubberfish macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2014
    I’d prefer they made a cheaper pro sku that didn’t have a rear camera. I’ve never used it.
  12. hoon2999 macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2012
    Yes I get that. But this smart connector is located exactly middle of the side which means if it can connect to newer/slimmer design iPad pros can still attach to it with magnet as long as Apple decided not to change the shape of the curve on the edges. I mean, there will be many possible ways to redesign and yet make the old accessories at least some what useable.
  13. GubbyMan macrumors 6502


    Apr 3, 2011
    I would have been dissapointed if they didn’t remove the headphone jack. It’s time to move on and go wireless.

    The real news here is Face ID not working in horizontal mode. It’s really bad on the iPhone X when you have to rotate it to authenticate but it’s not acceptable on the iPad that is used extensively in landscape mode.

    I don’t see why this can’t just be fixed in a software update.
  14. noraa macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2003
    Seriously? Steve removed the floppy drive and all legacy ports on the first iMac - all it had was a CD/DVD drive and a couple of USB ports. People were furious at first...and then low and behold the entire industry moved in the same direction. The MacBook Air removes the optical drive, and again many were screaming - in particular that Apple was chasing thinness over usability (sound familiar?)...and just as before, the industry has largely moved to removing the optical drive from laptops.

    Take off your rose colored glasses. Tim Cook is far from perfect, but neither was Jobs. Apparently the reality distortion field he created lives on even after his death.
  15. LightElf macrumors newbie


    Sep 19, 2012
    As long as they release the AirPods 2 at the same time I’ll be fine with it.
  16. Wiesenlooser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2010
    Vertical only Smart Keyboard. That would be just plain terrible.
  17. GubbyMan macrumors 6502


    Apr 3, 2011
    Thank you, this is what we readers have to know about these sources when reading a new rumor.

    MacRumors should have a page for every source linking to all of their good / bad predictions and summarizing their credibility.
  18. Jolly-boo macrumors member

    May 8, 2012
    Steve is dead.

    And Steve's likes and dislikes can and would've changed - especially if said change was forced by a competitor.
  19. TimmeyCook, Jul 28, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2018

    TimmeyCook Suspended


    Jun 20, 2018
    Doesn't matter, shown ads, money made.

    During his short lifespan, Steve seen a lot of that, made a lot of that, if Steve were alive, he would remove the headphone jack the moment AAC over A2DP came out (much earlier).
  20. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Granted, but they want people to start using their Airpods... This is probably why their not including the dingle in the box and removing it from iPad in addition.

    Just as long they don't do this to the Mac as well, i'll be happy. And they could, because you only need Bluetooth for Airpods

    The future is changing....perhaps for the worse.
  21. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    This will be really odd if the smart connector moves to portrait orientation and Face ID doesn’t work in landscape.
  22. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    I find it very hard, impossible even, to believe they'd release it with vertical only Face ID support. I call bs.
  23. Keniutek macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2011
    That would be a frickin disaster. If face id won't work in landscape mode, KEEP IT OUT of the iPad.
  24. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    So if you like TouchID on your iPad, a headphone jack, using your iPad in landscape orientation, holding your iPad by the ‘bezels’, or not paying more than a $1000, buy your iPad NOW...!!!

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