New iPad Pro to shrink in size, drop headphone jack

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There’s been a lot of chatter about this year’s iPads, with many expecting Apple to go the iPhone X way for its line of tablets. A new Macotakara report agrees with this prediction and adds some intriguing details of its own.

As per the Japanese blog’s supplier sources, Apple is going to shrink the dimensions of the iPad Pro while maintaining the same screen size as before. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro may go from 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1mm to 247.5 x 178.7 x 6mm. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro may go from 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9mm to 280 x 215 x 6.4mm, a huge difference.

New iPad Pro Speculation

It seems the edges of the iPad Pro will sport a diamond cut design for the front and back. The microphone at the top may team up with the upper part of the back to create a stereo sound experience. However, audiophiles will be disappointed to hear the 3.5mm headphone jack might be given the boot.

It’s not clear whether Apple will provide a 3.5mm headphone jack adapter with its iPads to ease the blow like it did with its iPhones. Another big change may arrive in the form of Face ID. The report claims it’s impossible to unlock the tablet when it’s in landscape mode, so users will have to turn the device upright to unlock it.

Apple has apparently repositioned the Smart Connector so it now lies beside the Lightning Connector at the bottom. This, in turn, will result in the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard docking iPad Pros in a vertical position instead of horizontal.

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Both these claims sound very fishy since it’s hard to believe that Apple will force its users to turn their iPad Pro every time they want to unlock it. This trait is already annoying iPhone X owners and will probably annoy future iPad owners as well if the rumor is true.

Plus, typing vertically instead of horizontally sounds like a poor use of the iPad Pro’s size and functionality. Here’s hoping we get some evidence to the contrary in the months ahead.