The brand new crop of iPad Professional tablets break with the iOS machine custom and drops the Lightning port in favor of the extra agnostic USB-C normal. Is that this the start of the tip for the Lightning port?
Swapping the Lightning port for USB-C permits the brand new iPad Professional to do cool issues like have a high-speed connection to exterior units, and transform the iPad Pro into a glorified — and expensive — powerbank. It is also a mark of maturity and professionalism that aligns the brand new iPad Professionals extra with the MacBook than the prevailing iPad line.
Now that “Professional” within the identify is underlined by the inclusion of a port that doubtlessly permits the machine to do professional work.
However there are downsides on either side. For these already utilizing iOS units, it means having to get used to a brand new port and shopping for new package. And for Apple, it means dropping a piece of MFi (“Made For iPhone”) licensing cash.
It is also price making an allowance for that the European Fee is contemplating forcing Apple to dump the Lightning connector and adopt the USB standard in an try and further reduce on electronic waste.
Apple may very well be utilizing the iPad Professional as a sign to critics that it’s making strides in direction of adopting the USB normal, whereas on the similar time defending MFi income the place it issues (the iPhone).
The reality is that ports — all ports, not simply the Lightning port — are on borrowed time. As connectivity and charging switches from wired to wi-fi, we’re transferring in direction of units that haven’t any bodily buttons and no ports.
So no, this isn’t the start of the tip for the Lightning port. The tip started a very long time in the past.