Apple might remove the headphone jack and adding Face ID and more details to its newest iPad Pro models releasing this year as reported by the Japanese media Macotakara. The new model will be launched later this year.
Initially the report gives more detail of the 2018 iPad Pro size. The size of the body of 10.5-inch model is reported to be 247.5mm x 178.7mm x 6mm, whereas the size of the existing model is 250.6mm x 174.1mm x 6.1mm, which indicates that the new model will be slightly small in general.
Simultaneously, the report says that the size of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is 280mm x 215mm x 6.4mm. For comparison, the size of the existing model is 305.7mm x 220.6mm x 6.9mm. It seems that Apple seems to be more focused on reducing the body of the 12.9-inch model, installing the same size display screen on a smaller body.
It also explained that Apple may give up the 3.5mm headphone jack on this year’s Pro pad, which Apple has already done when it launched the iPhone 7. Although Apple introduced a 3.5mm headphone adapter to ease the pressure on iPhone users, iPad Pro users may not receive the same offer.
It is confirmed that this year’s iPad Pro model will use Face ID, but it points out that the new machine does not carry horizontal facial recognition as pointed out in earlier news. This is an interesting question for the iPad Pro. However, Macotakara pointed out that Apple plans to move the Smart Connector of this year’s new iPad Pro to the back of the Lightning interface.
The reason is still unclear as dropping features seems to be just as popular as adding them. The report explains that the Smart Keyboard of the new iPad may be changed to a vertical format. This seems to imply that the iPad Pro will dock vertically to the Smart Keyboard, but it’s not clear how this will work.