The 2018 iPad Pro is going to change in a big way. Apple is finally going to exclude its own proprietary Lightning port in favor of the more robust USB-C port, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Kuo published his newest prediction for Apple’s product roadmap and among the notes he included was the tidbit of Apple switching the iPad Pro’s port from Lightning to USB-C.
It has long been expected Apple would fully switch from Lightning to USB-C at some point—it begun the transition with its new MacBook Pro and MacBook—but it held off with its slate of iOS devices. According to Kuo, the iPad Pro will change the tide.
Kuo has a solid history of predicting Apple’s products, but this one we’ll take with a grain of salt. This is the first time we’ve heard of the iPad Pro switching to USB-C. Usually with these types of changes, reports and leaks start to disseminate months in advance, yet this is the first time we’re hearing about the switch.
Regardless, the 2018 iPad Pro is still expected to come with an impressive array of updates, including a redesigned display and the inclusion of Face ID.