The Rumor circling the internet has it that Apple might be adding face ID and the same time is removing the headphone jack from its newest iPad flagship, the iPad pro models. Despite the latest device carrying the “pro” moniker and packed with multimedia apps for production. This means you’ll have to buy a dongle to be able to use studio quality wired headphones.
For every new Apple device that has arrived in recent years, dropping features seem to be as popular as adding them. This year’s iPad pro models might arrive without a 3.5mm headphone jack according to rumours coming out of Japan.
In a report provided, the 10.5-inch iPad pro will reduce in width and height with no significant change to its overall thickness. The new dimensions will be reduced compared to the former. That is, 305.7mm x 220.6mm x 6.9mm to 305.7mm x 220.6mm x 6.9mm. In other words, the forthcoming iPad pro will be much thinner with narrow bezels.
Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro will see more evident reductions in physical size. The dimensions predicted that might come with the iPad Pro is 280mm x 215mm x 6.4mm down from the previous dimension 305.7mm x 220.6mm x 6.9mm. This reduction will result in a shorter and narrower body.
Most importantly, both sizes of the iPad Pro are believed to be dropping the headphone jack. Worse yet, Apple will allegedly not be including a dongle for Lightning to 3.5mm as it still does with iPhones. AirPods or other wireless headphones may be an excellent option for mobile listening, but for a “Pro” product that has multimedia tools included, many users will likely still want to use some excellent wired over-ear headphones.
Additionally, Face ID may be incorporated into the upcoming iPad Pro models. Contrary to previous reports, Face ID is believed to only work in the portrait orientation. Considering many iPad apps work better in landscape mode, this could prove to be somewhat of a nuisance.
It is no surprise that there’s a willingness to potentially compromise the user experience a little bit to gain a sleeker appearance knowing apple’s design philosophy of form over function.