The new ones iPads Pro have doors USB-C instead of Lightning, being the first Apple mobile devices to adopt the new standard – which until then was only on Macs. As we mentioned, this replacement allows several devices to be connected to the tablet, which can even function as a charger for certain devices. gadgets, like the iPhone.
The fact is that the connection possibilities of the new iPad Pro are so great that Apple 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 a catch: the USB-C port of the new iPad Pro is not a Thunderbolt 3, so it is not the same as the Apple 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 for very fast transfers (up to 10GB / s) and, presumably, 5K monitor connections.
As we said, the USB-C port of the new iPad Pro connects to external monitors for playing videos, presentations or mirroring the screen. Unfortunately, it is not possible to use the USB-C cable that came with the iPad Pro to connect it to an external monitor, and you need to use a USB-C cable that supports high bandwidth connections, such as those that come with these monitors or the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) cable sold at the Apple Store.
The new iPad Pro also supports HDR10 technology so that they can take full advantage of HDR screens, if the external monitor is compatible with this standard.
To use this setting on an external monitor or television that does not have a 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 to multiport digital AV adapter, which allows you to mirror the screen 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 iPad Pro, so if you want to connect a headset to your tablet, you need to purchase a 3.5mm USB-C adapter, use the AirPods or use the AirPlay to play the audio wirelessly.
On the other hand, it is possible to 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 iPad Pro is sufficient to recharge smaller accessories, thus using only the USB-C cable to connect them.
Other accessories and refills
In addition to external monitors and audio devices, the new iPad Pro can connect to other peripherals, such as keyboards and USB-C adapters for Ethernet cables that transfer data to the tablet in case it is not possible to connect to Wi-Fi. USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet adapter, Apple resells this Belkin model on its website.
Furthermore, it is possible to connect cameras equipped with USB-C or mini-USB ports (adapter required) and memory cards to the iPad Pro, from Apple’s USB-C adapter for SD memory cards.
Last but not least, the iPad Pro’s USB-C port can recharge devices up to 7.5W. In the case of iPhones and AirPods, it is necessary to use the USB-C cable for Lightning to recharge it. If you happen to have two new iPad Pro’s, they will also be able to charge each other – from the one with the most remaining charge to the one with the least charge.
With USB-C to USB-A adapters, you can charge a variety of other gadgets (like Apple Watch) and third-party devices. Apple recently launched a USB-C charger for the Watch, which can be connected directly to the iPad Pro.
No external drives (yet?)
I mentioned above that it is possible to use a memory card adapter with the iPad Pro, and this is true. You can transfer photos and videos from photo cameras to it, but when we think about external storage, for now, the tablet does not go beyond that.
You can try to connect USB sticks, HDDs and external SSDs to the USB-C port of the new iPad Pro, 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 in the new iPad Pro, there is something practically mandatory for next year, on iOS 13. Did you hear, Apple?
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Although adapters and connectors for the new iPads are now available, some manufacturers are already launching more versatile options for connecting multiple devices at once, such as the new HYPER iPad Pro hub that is due to hit the market next month. .
The future is promising.