The new ones iPads Pro have doors USB-C instead of Lightning, being the first Apple mobile devices to adopt the new standard that was until then only on Macs. As we commented, this replacement allows multiple devices to be connected to the tablet, which can even act as a charger for certain gadgets, like the iPhone.
The fact that the connectivity possibilities of the new iPads Pro are so great that Apple has created a support page to indicate what can be connected to the device from the USB-C port, including cameras, external displays and other accessories. However, there is one thing: the USB-C port of the new iPads Pro is not a Thunderbolt 3, so it is not the same as Ma notebooks, which have their respective characteristics.
On MacBooks, MacBooks Pro, and the new MacBooks Air, Thunderbolt 3 ports allow incredibly fast, high bandwidth transfer rates (bandwidth), with the possibility of connecting them to multiple monitors. On the iPad Pro, the USB-C port also allows very fast transfers (up to 10GB / s) and supposedly 5K monitor connections.
As we said, the new iPads Pro's USB-C port connects to external monitors for video playback, presentation or screen mirroring. Unfortunately, you cannot use the USB-C cable that came with the iPad Pro to connect it to an external monitor, so you will need to use a USB-C cable that supports high bandwidth connections, such as those provided with these monitors or then the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) cable sold at the Apple Store.
The new iPads Pro also support HDR10 technology so that they can make the most of HDR displays if the external monitor supports this standard.
To use this setting on an external monitor or TV that does not have USB-C input, you need to use an adapter (HDMI, for example) from which the iPad Pro can theoretically transfer images in 4K resolution at 60Hz compatible with HDR10 and Dolby Vision. However, this feature is not yet available, as there are no HDMI 2.0 adapters that support this format; The closest is the USB-C Multiport Digital AV Adapter, which allows you to mirror the screen at up to 1080p at 60Hz or UHD (3840 × 2160) at 30Hz.
Apple once and for all killed the 3.5mm headphone jack with the new iPads Pro, so if you want to connect a headset to your tablet, you need to get a 3.5mm USB-C adapter, use the Airpods or use the Airplay to play wireless audio.
On the other hand, you can connect audio devices and instruments such as keyboards / MIDI controllers, as well as external microphones. In some cases, the 7.5W output of the new iPads Pro is sufficient to recharge smaller accessories, using only the USB-C cable to connect them.
Other accessories and recharging
In addition to external monitors and audio devices, the new iPads Pro can connect to other peripherals, such as keyboards and USB-C adapters for Ethernet cables that transfer data to the tablet if you can't connect to Wi-Fi. USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet adapter, Apple resells this Belkin model on its website.
In addition, cameras equipped with USB-C or mini-USB ports (requires adapter) and memory cards can be connected to the iPad Pro from Apple's own USB-C adapter for SD memory cards.
Last but not least, the iPad Pro's USB-C port can recharge devices at a power of up to 7.5W. For iPhones and AirPods, you need to use the USB-C Lightning cable to recharge it. If you happen to have two new iPads Pro, they can also charge each other from the one with the highest charge remaining to the one with the lowest charge.
With USB-C to USB-A adapters, you can charge several more gadgets (like Apple Watch) and third party devices. Apple recently launched a USB-C charger for Watch, which can be connected directly to the iPad Pro.
No external drives (yet?)
I mentioned above that you can use a memory card adapter with iPad Pro, and that's true. You can transfer photos and videos from cameras to it, but when we think of external storage, for now, the tablet doesn't go any further.
You can try connecting external USB sticks, HDDs and SSDs to the new iPad Pro's USB-C port, with or without an adapter, that nothing will happen.
Even with a Files app (Files) Well improved on iOS 11 and 12, Apple's mobile operating system does not yet offer decent support for external drives. And with the implementation of this USB-C port on the new iPads Pro, it's pretty much mandatory for next year on iOS 13. Have you heard, Apple?
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While adapters and connectors for the new iPads are already available, some manufacturers are already launching more versatile options for connecting multiple devices at once, such as the new HYPER iPad Pro hub expected to hit the market next month. .
The promising future.