The jack should disappear from the iPad Pro for the 2019 batch. Moreover, the arrival of Face ID – and its nonfunctioning in horizontal mode – could force Apple to rethink its accessories in vertical mode.
After the iPhone, it would be the iPad Pro’s turn to lose its jack socket: this is in any case what the Japanese site specialized in information relating to the supply chain of large companies, Macotakara asserts. According to our Japanese colleagues, to reduce a little more the dimensions of its tablets, Apple would remove the jack socket of iPad Pro which should be launched next year. This loss of equipment would greatly benefit the 12.9-inch model, which would lose 2 cm in height for the same screen size.
Unlike the iPhone 7, the first device of its kind to get rid of the jack, the future iPad Pro should not be delivered with the Lightning to Jack 3.5 mm adapter.
Face ID can be used vertically.
One technology chases the other: the loss of the 3.5 mm jack would be in favor of the arrival of Apple’s facial recognition technology, Face ID. A system that has a fault: it does not work in horizontal mode.
According to Macotakara, Apple would, therefore, consider encouraging its users to use it vertically, especially for the dock and keyboard. For this, the company could move its Smart Connector, which is located in the middle of the left side of the iPad (when viewed from the front) a little closer to the Lightning connector. A redesign of the accessories is therefore possible… So be careful with backward compatibility.