The Next iPad: USB-C connectivity or Lightning?
In 2017, Apple is likely to revamp its iPad lineup with new screen sizes, software capabilities and possibly a new Apple Pencil. But what type of USB-C connectivity the new iPads will make use of…?
- Fariha Khan
- January 23, 2017
As Apple put such as focus on the power of USB-C with the 12-inch MacBook as well as the MacBook Pro, there’s been rumor if the iPad (and iPhone) will ever adopt the standard.
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Previously we got to consider the likelihood of Apple switching to USB-C for its iOS devices, and a third of respondents expressed that it will make the move in 2018. As for the iPad, adopt USB-C makes sense considering the company still promotes the device as a PC replacement.
Switching to USB-C on the iPad would open the device up to a number of accessories, making it a more capable device and support Apple’s stance that it’s a substitute for PC.
Generally, USB-C is more powerful compared to Lightning. In 2016, Apple launched a Lightning to USB-C cable for iPad Pro users. When combined with the included 29W power block, 12.9-inch iPad Pro users can take benefit from that power to charge their device much faster. In the first place, the USB-C to Lightning cable is something Apple should have included with the iPad Pro. For the iPad Pro, particularly, a switch to USB-C would keep Apple’s branding and I/O regular. Bringing USB-C to the iPad Pro implies that Apple’s 2 Pro’ products would be completely adopting USB-C.
But switching to USB-C with only the iPad would create some disintegration between iOS devices. The iPhone would still be make use of Lightning but the iPad would have USB-C. Apple has continuously promoted the iPad as being just as powerful as a PC. It means that switching to USB-C would make the device the same as the MacBook Pro.
The ultimate objective should be USB-C across the board for Apple’s devices. However, having the iPad have it first would make the transition simpler for iPhone users.