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

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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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Pelea

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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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nfl46

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FaceID and Wireless headphones...hello.

Goodbye to TouchID (except for the new Macbook Air), wired headphones and most likely next year, 3D Touch.
 

roland.g

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So my kids watch movies together on an iPad in a car or on a plane. They don’t have Bluetooth headphones and even if they did you can pair two sets simultaneously for shared listening / watching.

So the answer is a usb-c to audio dongle plus a splitter (which we would already use)?
 
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hsoj1006

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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.
Asking legitimately and purely curious, but why do you do that? Other than if the battery is dying, I can't ever recall a moment where I listen with headphones AND charge at the same time.
 

aaronhead14

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Yeah, it's sad that it's missing the headphone jack... but with the inclusion of USB-C, I'm not even that mad! USB-C is at least a valid replacement for the 3.5mm connector, whereas Lightning on the iPhone is NOT a valid replacement. In technology, valid replacements to universal connectors need to also be universal. And USB-C is universal. So I'm happy!
 

AllergyDoc

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I’ve switched to AirPods or a Beats Solo 2 (that was free) to listen on any of my devices, so no big deal. I would love to listen to music or watch an occasional movie on my iPad Pro with my Bose Quiet Comfort earphones, but they broke. Second pair that broke in the same spot. :(
 

djlythium

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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!!
Hella. I was expecting a higher starting price point.
 

GrumpyMom

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I guess the iPad mini is totally dead. It’s a shame. It’s the only size the iPad I use regularly. It’s also a kid-friendly size. I have an iPad Pro my husband handed down to me. I find it a bit unwieldy for most casual use.

I do use the headphone jack with iPads and the kids definitely do so almost daily. So I think the move to remove the 3.5 mm port and leave all the stress to the USB connector is annoying. But we survived it on the iPhones so we will survive it on the iPads.

I do hope at some point Apple gets standardized with USB-C on the iPhones as well. That will be massively annoying and render current stock of lightning connected airbuds obsolete but I think the move is well due. This fragmentation of standards looks messy and not very courageous. ;)
 

Oreon

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They released a USB-C to headphone jack adapter today so this is possible.
It’s ok I was joking, I love my AirPods I couldn’t go back to wired.

Begs the question I wonder if you can give the AirPods case some juice using the iPad Pro charging port!
 

PBG4 Dude

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It’s ok I was joking, I love my AirPods I couldn’t go back to wired.

Begs the question I wonder if you can give the AirPods case some juice using the iPad Pro charging port!
They showed someone charging their iPhone with the new iPad Pro using USB-C to Lightning cable so I’m going to say it is possible.