USB-C Instead of Lightning Again Rumored for Upcoming iPad Pro Models

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's upcoming iPad Pro models will feature a USB-C port instead of a traditional Lightning port, according to information gathered from accessory makers at the Global Source Mobile Electronics Trade Fair by Japanese site Mac Otakara.

    The trade fair kicked off today and Mac Otakara heard "talk" from manufacturers attending the event about a switch to USB-C.

    iPad Pro mockup by Álvaro Pabesio​

    This isn't the first time we've heard of Apple's plans to adopt USB-C instead of Lightning on its new iPad Pro models, which would further bridge the gap between mobile device and computer.

    Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who often accurately predicts Apple's plans, said in September that Apple's 2018 iPad Pro models will use USB-C instead of Lightning. USB-C connectivity would enable new functionality, such as the ability to connect an iPad Pro to a 4K monitor.

    Mac Otakara also says that manufacturers at the event were showing off a photo of the 2018 iPad Pro dimensions that was first shared on Slashleaks last week.

    That image, said to be based on measurements secured from case makers, suggested the smaller iPad Pro model will be 7 inches wide (178.52mm) and 9.7 inches tall (247.64mm), while the larger model will be 8.5 inches wide (215mm) and 11 inches tall (280.66mm). Both models could have bezels that measure in at 6mm around all sides, and at least one model may be as thin as 5.9mm.


    Apple's new iPad Pro models are rumored to feature a TrueDepth camera system for Face ID and no Home button. The new devices are expected to make their debut on Tuesday, October 30, at an event Apple is planning to hold in Brooklyn, New York.

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  2. Baymowe335 macrumors 601

    Oct 6, 2017
    I really want the new iPad Pro.

    My guess is there will be a usb-c port.
  3. cmaier macrumors G5

    Jul 25, 2007
  4. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    Interesting decision by Apple. I wonder what functionality they will allow through a usb-c port. Can’t wait to upgrade from my 10.5.
  5. cmaier macrumors G5

    Jul 25, 2007
    Rumor is you can drive a 4k monitor. Not sure for what purpose (just output? touch monitors?)
  6. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    USB-C would be a welcome addition. As long as it retains the headphone jack.
  7. Greenmeenie macrumors 65816


    Jan 14, 2013
    I haven’t been this legitamately excited for an Apple event in awhile. Maybe it’s because I really want to upgrade to my first iPad Pro...and this is going to be the first real radical redesign of the iPad since the first iPad 8 yrs ago.

    I had decided on the 10.5” iPad Pro before these new slimmer bezels face ID iPad pros were rumored. I am an artist who travels a lot, and as much as I liked the 12.9” screen size, it was a little too unwieldy for using on the road for me. And I have big hands!

    But with rumor of the 10.5” iPad Pro increasing the screen size to 11” and the 12.9” iPad Pro staying with a 12.9” screen but actually becoming smaller physically cause of the slimmer bezels...I may have to revisit my decision.

    Will I feel the new 12.9” with slimmer bezels be perfect now for travel & art? Or will the screen on the 10.5” iPad Pro increasing to 11” be even better now? I may just have to see them in person before I order one.

    Oct 31st can’t come soon enough.
  8. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    How about both? It’s big enough. Remember when ‘Pro’ meant you got more I/O options, not fewer?

    (I don’t mean the option to buy overpriced dongles and adapters, I mean actually in the devices themselves...)
  9. AppleHaterLover macrumors 68000

    Jun 15, 2018
    Good! It’s not like I’ve spent HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS in cables for my iPhones and iPad and bought a very expensive 2m USB-C to lightning literally just last month.

    Bring it on, Apple! Innovation!!!!
  10. syklee26 macrumors 6502

    Jul 26, 2005
  11. dguisinger macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2002
    I'd buy it if they made it so the iPad could be a USB-C monitor for another device. I've got an Asus portable USB-C monitor on order that while convenient doesn't have the contract and brightness of a MacBook or iPad.....
  12. drumcat macrumors 6502a


    Feb 28, 2008
    Otautahi, Aotearoa
    If they want a warehouse of new devices, they will go that route.
  13. Analog Kid macrumors 601

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    If the USB-C port just replaces lightning and doesn't take advantage of its USB-Cness, then I'd rather stick with lightning. Lightning is fine for what it does.

    I'm much more interested in using the iPad as a display than attaching the iPad to a display. If I can charge it from my MacBook and use it as a portable second display, I'm all in.

    I don't care about the headphone jack-- I don't use it. I have a lightning adapter I use for my phone in the car, and that's just fine. Everything else is Bluetooth for me.
  14. macmyworld macrumors 6502


    May 25, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    If they are switching to USB C they could have done it with the new iPhones also. This just makes it for of a PIA when I travel.
  15. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hmm ... so the old Apple Pencil probably won't support the new iPad Pro (unless there's a dongle in the wild that will allow compatibility), which sucks because you would have to reinvest in the Apple Pencil as well. The rumors do indicate a second generation Apple Pencil as well, and we'll end up seeing what happens during the keynote, but it currently seems like you need to upgrade your entire setup if you want the new iPad Pro.

    I might get it by trading in my current devices to break even at the very least, depending on if the prices stay the same or increase.
  16. Analog Kid macrumors 601

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    I'm in exactly that position. I've got a 10.5", which I'm very happy with. There's times it would be nice if it were larger-- I try to use it for notes and it's awkward to use landscape, but too narrow to use portrait. I haven't had the nerve to go to the 12.9" because it feels too big and heavy to be as portable as I'd like. I'd kind of resigned myself to the understanding that this is just the inevitable tension...

    But the new 12.9" will, interestingly, be the same size as a US notepad. By definition that should make it comfortable for note taking, and there's enough times I carry a notepad around that the size shouldn't bother me so I'm starting to think that the new 12.9" wins-- but I'll have to hold them in my hands. There's a difference between paper and glass/metal...
  17. JRobinsonJr macrumors 6502a

    Aug 20, 2015
    Arlington, Texas
    Hmm... I'm on the proverbial fence for this one. USC-C is likely the future, so in theory the faster Apple can move there the better off we'll be in the long run. However, as with everything, the devil is in the details. If the USB-C is only for faster charging then it's not a bad deal but is a more costly approach.

    I don't have a lot of dongles, but I do have a Lightening-to-SD card reader for transferring photo's from my DSLR to my iPad. My wife still like wired sound so uses lightening-based earphones.

    I would hope (but not expect) that Apple would include USB-C as the connector as a base for supporting additional I/O capabilities. As much as leveraging the iPad as an external monitor for my MacBook... I'm not holding my breath. Apple has shown negative interest in anything like that.

    In the end, I can't see Apple willingly giving up the revenue stream coming from MiFi-certified devices. I'm predicting that we'll get to USB-C eventually... just not yet.
  18. EightyTwenty macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2015
    I’d switch to an iPad Pro as my main PC tomorrow if you could connect to a monitor with mouse/keyboard support.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 18, 2018 ---
    Are you suggesting people will refuse to buy iPads if they come included with a headphone jack dongle? You don’t *have* to use it.
  19. shiseiryu1 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2007
    Hopefully they're thinking to switch to USB-C so that the iPad can connect to the Mac and act like a Cintiq. Tons of creative professionals use Wacom tablets or Cintiq monitors. If they enabled this functionality on the iPad Pro (and then advertised it heavily) I bet they could sell a lot of iPads just for that reason alone.

    When Wacom tablets are hundreds of dollars (for a decent sized one) and a Cintiq is several thousand dollars an iPad Pro actually comes out seeming very reasonable...especially given that it is more than just a dedicated drawing device.
  20. PickUrPoison, Oct 18, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2018

    PickUrPoison macrumors 68040

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    When you do the math bezels are actually about 9mm, assuming the overall height/width dimensions are correct and the display remains at 264 ppi. Not coincidentally, the notch on the X/XS is also about 9mm deep (from device edge).

    Again if the dimensions are correct, the smaller model has a new aspect ratio of 10:7, and they imply a resolution of 2384x1668.
  21. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    Just countin’ the days here. So much I want to know.
  22. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    Not necessarily. Apple sold Macs that used MagSafe 1 and Macs that used MagSafe 2 at the same time.

    I can see them putting USB-C in the new iPad. They want it to be a computer replacement right?
  23. Dr. James macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2012
    I seriously doubt it.

    I think that the iPad will have the lighting port, but will come with a lighting to usb c cable.
  24. MrJeffreyGee macrumors regular


    Apr 20, 2009
    This new iPad is going to be a huge difference from my gen 1.
  25. PickUrPoison macrumors 68040

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    It replaces a notebook or desktop (for some percentage of users) regardless of the port, but moving to USB-C imo makes it a better notebook/desktop replacement for more users than if they were to stay with Lightning.

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