Some people are still lamenting the loss of a headphone jack in the recent iPhone models. A report from supply chain blog Macotakara suggests that Apple is refreshing its line of iPad Pro models some time this year. Apart from a shrinkage in size, Apple could also eliminate the 3.55mm headphone jack.
The report states that the 2018 iPad Pro’s 10.5″ model uses 247.5mm x 178.7mm x 6mm dimensions. This is down from the current 250.6mm x 174.1mm x 6.1mm dimensions.
Meanwhile, the 12.9″ iPad Pro settles for 247.5mm x 178.7mm x 6mm, compared to the current 250.6mm x 174.1mm x 6.1 mm.
It adds that Apple will likely remove the headphone jack from this year’s iPad Pro models. The move first started with the iPhone 7, and Apple did offer a headphone adapter to ease the transition. However, it looks like the new iPad Pro models won’t receive the same treatment.
Additional information includes that the 2018 iPad Pro will feature Face ID. However, this feature won’t work in landscape mode, which is unfortunate for a tablet. To compensate for this, Apple will likely move the Smart Connector on this year’s models to the lower rear side, close to the Lightning connector. It’s a little confusing, but this might mean that the iPad Pro will dock vertically into a Smart Keyboard.
Considering these are rumours, it should go without saying that you should take this with a grain of salt. Apple’s annual launch event happens in September, where it unveils new details on its phones and tablets. We’ll likely learn the official details on what’s what during then.