Apple may not include headphone jack in its upcoming introductory iPad

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Apple gradually eliminated the headphone port from all of its iPhone models and a number of iPad models, including the iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Mini. And now, the firm is ready to do away with it entirely from the iPad: based on rumored renders of a forthcoming makeover of the entry-level model, the 3.5mm connector is soon to be a thing of the past there as well. On the top or bottom of the device, it is nowhere to be located.

According to MySmartPrice, the case manufacturer working on accessories for what would be the 10th generation iPad provided the CAD renderings. The traditional iPad design, which has been essentially unaltered for years, has undergone a significant revision. In 2017, Apple marginally increased the display size and made other internal hardware improvements, but the general design has remained the same. That might be changing soon, as the new iPad shares the same flat-sides design as previous iPhones, iPads, the 14-inch/16-inch MacBook Pro, and the 2022 MacBook Air. The renders were covered by both 9to5Mac and MacRumors. However, maintain a healthy level of skepticism by treating these easily forgeries photos.

The large bezels above and below the display remain, as does the home button. According to MySmartPrice, the screen should be bigger than the current 10.2-inch model, and the iPad’s rear has a modified camera that looks similar to the iPhone X‘s camera module. With the addition of a USB-C port to the updated iPad, Apple’s tablet line would be fully transitioned.

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Since only the iPad Pro currently has four speakers, if these renders come to pass, the introductory iPad would be surpassing both the iPad Air and Mini in terms of audio quality. However, these renders also include quad speakers, which is where I start to have some skepticism about what we’re seeing.

That seems improbable to me, but it may also be Apple‘s explanation for removing the headphone jack from a device that is commonly used in classrooms and other settings where support for reasonably priced wired headphones has been important. A part of me hopes what we’re seeing isn’t real — at least for this component of the design, as this is a choice that would not sit well with many instructors and parents. However, if it is, you would be able to fall back on a USB-C to 3.5mm adaptor.

Although it’s uncertain whether a new design would also come with a greater starting price than the current $329, the 10th-generation iPad is anticipated to be unveiled this fall. Will Apple discontinue the 3.5mm connector on its entry-level iPad, leaving Macs as the only piece of gear currently sporting it? In the coming few months, we should learn more.

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