Rumors suggest that the next-generation iPad Pro will have two brand new connectors, but the exact purpose of these new ports is as yet unknown.
Citing a “trusted source in China”, a recent report of mac otkara The claim is that the upcoming 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models will have the same chassis design as the current iPad Pro models, but with at least one noticeable change: a new type of connector on the top and bottom sides of the device.
Connectors are said to have four pins. This seems to differentiate them from the Smart Connector, which has three pins and is used to connect accessories such as the Magic Keyboard, and the MagSafe 3 Connector, which has five pins and is used for more convenient charging on Mac laptops. is used to. As a result, it appears to be a completely new type of interface.
mac otkara suggests that the new connectors could be used to help power peripherals connected to Thunderbolt ports, taking advantage of the new DriverKit support in iPadOS 16, but it is otherwise unclear what the connectors are for or what they are. Why would the two need to be placed on different sides of the device.
Apple introduced the Smart Connector for connecting peripherals, introducing the iPad Pro in 2015, before adding a USB-C port in 2018, and a Thunderbolt port thanks to the M1 chip’s Thunderbolt controller in 2021. As such, it seems likely that further improvements to the connectivity of the iPad Pro are highly likely, but the specific nature of the new ports remains a mystery.
This year’s new iPad Pro models are expected to feature MagSafe wireless charging capability, advanced cameras and an M2 chip. The devices are expected to be unveiled around September or October.