Bad information for everybody who received aggravated when 30-pin was changed by Lightning, and when Lightning was changed by USB-C: it appears to be like like Apple is as soon as once more planning to unveil a new connector port when it launches its next set of iPad Pro fashions.
The newest report from the Japanese web site Macotakara, citing unnamed “reliable sources in China”, claims that each the 11-inch and 12.9-inch variations of the next Pro “will have the same chassis design as the current iPad Pro series, but with 4-pin connectors on the top and bottom side edges.” That’s Google Translate’s interpretation of the unique, at any fee; it’s potential that some nuance has been misplaced in translation, however it seems that Apple is altering the 3-pin Smart Connector on the iPad Pro.
The web site has little additional details about the character of those new 4-pin ports, however speculates that they could be meant “to assist in powering peripherals that connect to the Thunderbolt/USB-C port on the [current] M1 chip-equipped iPad.” It isn’t clear why that perform couldn’t proceed to be served by the USB-C port, which clearly has the benefit of being suitable with legacy adapters and equipment, slightly than requiring clients to pay for brand new ones (or Apple to bundle them with the brand new iPads). Perhaps 4-pin, or no matter branding Apple makes use of for the brand new connector, will have a larger spec for quicker charging or knowledge switch.
Or is the important thing issue the inclusion of two ports? Macotakara’s article seems to indicate, confusingly, that the 4-pin ports will sit on each the highest and the underside edges, though it isn’t clear how “top” and “bottom” apply to a device that may rotate via 360 levels: does this imply the 2 lengthy edges, or the 2 quick ones? In both case, having two ports could allow the brand new iPad Pros to stay plugged in whereas additionally powering (or transferring knowledge to or from) a peripheral accent. This would signify a rise in total productiveness for a laptop computer alternative, though from an aesthetic perspective Apple has by no means been a firm to supply extra ports than strictly vital.
As it stands, the iPad Pro and iPad Air have a three-pin good connector on the again of the device for connecting the Magic Keyboard. The connector initially appeared on the sting of the iPad Pro however moved to the again with the 2018 redesign. It’s not clear whether or not the present Magic Keyboard would nonetheless be suitable with the brand new connector or if Apple will promote two variations.
As such, Apple followers could discover the timing of this revelation barely irritating, on condition that the corporate seems near unifying the ports throughout its whole pill vary. The 10.2-inch iPad is the final Lightning hold-out, and is anticipated to adopt USB-C later this 12 months. Even the iPhone vary appears to be like set to move to USB-C next 12 months.
We’ll have to attend and see if Macotakara’s sources have received this one proper. (And keep in mind that the location isn’t probably the most constant on the circuit, with an AppleObserve accuracy ranking of just 58.5 percent at time of writing.) The new iPad Pros are anticipated to launch this fall, at both the September occasion for the iPhone 14 or at a separate occasion the next month, so we haven’t received lengthy to attend.