Apple has gradually removed the headphone jack from the entire range of iPhones and from several iPads such as the iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Mini. And now, the company seems poised to eliminate it entirely from the iPad: according to alleged renders of an upcoming redesign of the entry-level model, the 3.5mm connector is also about to be eliminated. It is nowhere to be found on either the top or the bottom of the device.
MySmartPrice claims that the CAD renders come from a case maker working on accessories for what will be the 10th generation iPad. It’s a substantial redesign of the classic iPad design that has remained largely intact for years; Apple slightly increased the display size in 2017 and made other internal hardware updates, but the overall look has remained consistent. It looks like it’s about to change, with the new iPad sharing the same flat-sided aesthetic as the recent iPhones, iPads, 14-inch / 16-inch MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air 2022. Both 9to5Mac and MacRumors have brought back renders. But as always, he treats these easily falsifiable images with a good dose of skepticism.
The Home button remains present, which also means sizable bezels above and below the display. MySmartPrice reports that the screen is expected to be larger than the current 10.2-inch model and there is a redesigned camera on the back of the iPad that resembles the iPhone X module. The refurbished iPad has a USB-C port, which would complete the transition for Apple’s line of tablets.
These renders also include four speakers, and this is where I have some doubts about what we’re seeing: Only the iPad Pro currently has four speakers, so if that worked, the entry-level iPad would outperform both the iPad Air and Mini in the audio department.
This seems unlikely to me, but it could also serve as Apple’s justification for canceling the headphone jack from a product used in many classes and other scenarios where support for affordable wired headphones has been significant. This is a decision that would not get along well with many teachers and parents, and part of me hopes what we’re seeing isn’t accurate, at least for this aspect of the design. But if it is, you could use a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter as a fallback option.
The 10th-generation iPad is likely to be announced this fall, though it’s unclear whether a new design will also have a higher starting price than the current $ 329. Apple will remove the 3.5mm connector from its entry-level iPad. level and will it leave Macs as the company’s only hardware to still include one? We should find out in the next couple of months.