Cult Japanese Apple website Macotakara reports that upcoming Apple iPad Pros will have no headphone jacks, along with other design changes – slightly smaller bodies, thinner bezels, and a relocated smart connector, to name a few. Furthermore, it is unlikely that Apple will bundle a lighting/USB-C to 3.5mm adapter with the new iPads as well as upcoming iPhones.
Will such a change sort of kill the iPad for some musicians incorporating the wealth of iOS apps in their setups? Unlikely. All it will take to fix things up is a dongle with a good ol’ 3.5mm jack and an USB port so the iPad can be charged or connected to a computer. If Apple won’t make one, someone else will. Of course, a dongle might introduce a bit of latency and adds further complexity to the setup, but it’s pretty darn close to an ideal solution.
Controversial as it is, the headphone jack removal isn’t that big of a deal. It won’t stop musicians or anyone else from enjoying music on their iPad, it will just make it a tiny bit more cumbersome (if using a dongle) or expensive (if going the wireless route). So there’s no need to scream, aim, and fire at Apple for abandoning dated audio technology to produce a sleeker device.
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