Apple’s 10th-generation iPad rumored to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack

Last week, schematics for Apple’s upcoming 10th-generation iPad were leaked. As per the CAD renders, the device will not feature a headphone jack, making it the last device to switch to Apple’s singular port system.

10th-generation iPad CAD

The 10th-generation iPad will make the entire iPad lineup uniform with this one change

The renders were shared on MySmartPrice along with specifications of the upcoming 10th-generation iPhone. As per the schematics, the bezels are going to be slightly smaller on the edges, the device will feature a singular rear lens in a camera system similar to the one on the iPhone X and it will be a little wider but slimmer than the current 9th-generation iPad.

The biggest design change which can be seen in the schematics is the new flat edges. In addition to this, it will continue sporting a Touch ID Home button. As for the charging port, it is cut out in the CAD file with a red line. Though some rumors have suggested that the Cupertino tech giant could add a USB-C port to the 10th-generation iPad.

In addition to these changes, one thing that is notably missing from the externals of the device is the rare 3.5mm headphone jack. Currently, the 9th-generation iPad is the only new iPad that sports one. The iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini have already made the switch.

iPad 10

Apple first removed the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in 2017. Considered a controversial move at the time, consumers have adjusted quite well. In fact, many Android manufacturers have also removed the headphone jack from their devices following Apple’s move.

With the launch of the sixth-generation iPad mini in 2021, the 9th-generation iPad became the only model to feature the rare 3.5mm headphone jack. It makes sense that Apple is finally ditching it so that the entire lineup can look uniform.

The 10th-generation iPad is expected to retail with the usual $329 price tag. It is also likely going to feature the two-year-old A14 Bionic chip.

According to a recent report from Bloomberg, Apple is pushing the public release of iPadOS 16 from September to October which means it will not be released alongside iOS 16. So, it is possible that the 10th-generation iPad may see an October release instead.

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