2018 iPad Pros will have much smaller bezels but possibly no headphone jack

2018 iPad Pros will have much smaller bezels but possibly no headphone jack
Following reports that have detailed Apple’s plans for new bezel-less iPad Pro models set to arrive later this year, new information backs these claims up by providing the exact dimensions of the upcoming offerings, while also revealing one important design feature.

Although the Silicon Valley-based company’s next iPad Pros aren’t expected to adopt an iPhone X-like notch, a significant reduction in bezels is expected to take place, something that looks set to minimize the size of Apple’s tablets dramatically. Starting off with the larger 12.9-inch model, a total of 25.7mm looks set to be shaved off of the device's height, bringing it down to just 280mm. Moreover, the new width measurement, which looks set to sit at 215mm, represents a reduction of over 5mm too. Also, Apple has managed to shave off 0.5mm of thickness on its largest offering. Moving on to the smaller iPad Pro, the current-generation model sports a 10.5-inch display but Apple will seemingly increase this to 11-inches on its 2018 offering. Despite the larger panel, though, the overall dimensions of the tablet are relatively unchanged, going from 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1mm to 247.5 x 178.7 x 6mm.

While the new iPhone-inspired bezel-less design that Apple’s iPad Pros look set to adopt will surely be met with praise by consumers, they may be less pleased to hear that the new tablets could be lacking one popular feature: the 3.5mm headphone jack. Also, unlike Apple's iPhones, the new tablets aren’t expected to ship with 3.5mm to Lightning dongles either.

Currently, the new 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPad Pros are expected to become official in the second week of September at Apple’s annual fall event. Here, aside from the new tablets, three new iPhone devices, and the new Apple Watch Series 4 are expected to make their debut.

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29 Comments

1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2235; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I'm not sure why they wouldn't just increase the screen size of the 12.9 to 13 inches and have the two rounded to 11 and 13 inches.

5. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 599; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

They could also just call it the iPad Pro 13". Wouldn't be the first time a screen size has been rounded. I doubt anyone would care.

23. Vokilam

Posts: 993; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I have always wondered that about any device. Why not call it whatever it’s close to - no one will care!!!

2. Alcyone

Posts: 176; Member since: May 10, 2018

Its Apple, and we'll never know why they wouldn't. There's alot they do that we'll never know.

3. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3088; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I'll wait for the upgraded version of the MacBook air and see if it's worth it.

8. Y.S.L..

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 03, 2018

Much better of buying Sony Vaio Pro Z series

13. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2235; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I have a feeling that either this year or next year they’ll drop the Air and you’ll just have the iPad Pro. They might possibly introduce a more stationary keyboard dock that would make it just like a traditional laptop. The reason I think so is because over the past couple years they’ve really introduced a lot of Mac OS items into iOS for the iPad. And I think with this years launch we might see more cross shopping between a high end iPad Pro and a low end MacBook.

20. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 893; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Yeah, it’s called the Macbook

4. Foxgabanna

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Looking forward to packing one of these in my travel bag. I really appreciate the lack of a headphone jack as Bluetooth and W1 Chip devices have made my routines so seamless. Airpods are a gift from God

7. japkoslav

Posts: 1253; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Airpods are crap. W1 chip is just for easy pairing, something Android can do for ages. Plus Apple does have the worst bluetooth codec support ... and people can cheer for stupid decisions. I am glad my iPad has a headphone jack. I own 4 wireless headphones and I still use headphone jack when I can.

10. Jrod99

Posts: 678; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

AirPods are great. Keep mine on me all the time. Can’t wait till new Pro and the x plus. My money is ready.

12. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I’m with you on that. The best thing Apple has made in years. The AirPods are always in my pocket.

16. Rager722

Posts: 599; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

Both you, and the original commenter are idiots. How can you appreciate a removal of a key feature. Would you rather have to charge your headphone everytime in order to listen to music? Also quality for wireless is still not up to par with wired. Ridiculous..

17. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 599; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Clearly it wasn't key to them. No need to be crass. You can disagree with someone's opinion & still be respectful.

24. Vokilam

Posts: 993; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Roger, it’s not like you’re unable to use a wired option. I have been on Samsung wagon for years and I have not used the 3.5 jack since note 4. Wireless headphones are great, give you so much distance from your device rather than plugged in. There’s no more of that headphones RIPPED out of your ears because the damn cord snags like all the damn time. They last quite long even the cheap wireless headphones (which is what I’ve been using all the time). And my favorite part - I never have to untangle the damn things ever again - that alone got me to switch to BT years ago. I don’t own Apple AirPods (i do have an iPX now), but anyone I know that owns them - love them.

19. japkoslav

Posts: 1253; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Sound wise and control wise they are subpar alternative to almost any other wireless headphones. I will try next gen. as well of course, but we all can guess probability of me being satisfied with a result. Even 13$ headphones made by QCY sounds better than I. gen.

6. midan

Posts: 2485; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Thinking to get the big one this year, it's starting to sound pretty amazing product.

9. JPolanco

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 02, 2018

Wait and See mode: PixelTab vs iPad Pro vs Galaxy Tab S4

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30686; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’m keeping my 12.9 Pro, till it stops working, then I’ll go bezeless.

14. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

The only thing that will really move iPads is better price.

25. Vokilam

Posts: 993; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

You can get a new iPad today with pencil support for about $350. How much cheaper should Apple make them?

15. carex

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 23, 2017

things like THIS happens when company ....go NUTS.

18. BigVanVader

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

I can still literally smell the bezels on this

21. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1504; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I see older people having a hard time adjusting to an iPad with no home button and slim bezels that give little room to grab the device.

22. galaxius

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

All I want is an iPad mini pro with minimal bezels which has about 9 inch screen+ with new internal chip and hardware and Apple pen support That would be my ultimate gadget on the go Coupled with pen and wireless headphones pretty awesome

26. geordie8t1

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

Typical apple, i dont mind that they remove the 3.5mm jack, but to not even add a few $$ adaptor and price it so high is just downright greed

27. kalimaca

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 01, 2017

Who still uses wired headphones... pffft. You risk toppling over the iPad when you walk away. Or someone's gonna trip over your wires.

30. carex

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 23, 2017

apple agents all around.

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