Rumors from Asia this week again indicate that Apple intends to swap its proprietary Lightning Connector for the faster, more robust USB-C protocol when it delivers an expected iPad Pro conversion in the fall.
Report from the Global Sources Mobile Electronics Fair in Hong Kong, Japanese blog Mac Otakara said Thursday, every manufacturer with whom he spoke expects Apple to redesign a redesigned iPad Pro with a USB-C connection ,
Today's rumors are linked to recent rumors and analyst reports of a switch to USB-C. In September, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a note predicting that Apple would replace Lightning for faster data transfer and loading speeds.
Recently, Apple's iOS 12.1 beta code suggests that the new iPad Pro supports 4K external displays, a feature that would likely require USB-C. High-resolution output is not supported by any iOS device or accessory, including the Apple Lightning to HDMI adapter.
If so, the change marks the first major shift in iPad connectivity since Apple replaced the 30-pin connector with Lightning on the fourth generation iPad in 2012.
In addition to a whisper of USB-C compatibility, a vendor Mac Otakara showed a chart depicting the dimensions of a supposed next generation iPad Pro. The sizing was broadly similar to the vendor information released in July.
Finally, the report claims that Apple will focus on the creative possibilities of iPad Pro when introducing the new hardware. The company could also take its Apple Business Manager out of beta at the same event, the company said.
Apple is expected to release new iPad Pro hardware on October 30 at a special event. The next-generation tablets will strip the Touch ID Home button in favor of Face ID and provide room for a full-screen display.
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