Aside from the slimmed down bezels, edge-to-edge display, new ludicrously powerful processor, and Face ID, the other upgrade with Apple’s fresh batch of iPad Pros is that they’ve fully adopted USB-C. It’s a slight bummer you won’t be able to charge these new iPad Pros with the same Lightning cable as your iPhone, but at the same time, it now shares the same charging setup as the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. And that’s nice.
The USB-C addition also allows the new iPad Pro to do some other pretty cool things, like charge your other devices, upload photos straight from your DSLR, or even hook it up to an external display (up to 5K). That said, if you want to use your new iPad Pro more like a computer, which creative professionals undoubtedly will, you’ll also need some USB-C dongles. Here are the most useful adapters and cables so far.
Satechi Type-C Mobile Pro Hub
This simple adapter comes in silver and space gray, and it adds a bunch of much needed ports to your iPad Pro:HDMI display, USB-C PD 3.0 charging, USB-A 3.0 (up to 5 Gb/s) and a headphone jack.
Apple USB-C to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter
The ommission of a headphone jack will continue to frustrate anybody with beloved wired headphones. This little $9 adapter is a cheap way to alleviate those frustrations.
Anker Premium 60W 5-Port Desktop Charger
Charge a bunch of your devices at the same time, while only taking up one outlet – that’s what this charger can do. Not only that, but it also supports Power Delivery (PD) via USB-C, meaning one of those devices it can charge is your MacBook Pro or iPad Pro.
Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable
No longer are you able to use the same Lightning cable to charge your iPhone, AirPods and new iPad Pro – but the new iPad Pros are actually now powerful enough to charge your other devices, including your iPhone. And that’s exactly what this cable is for.
Apple USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter
For creatives working with beautifully high-res external monitors, this adapter lets them hook up their iPad Pro directly to any VGA display. And, with a USB-C port, it lets them continue to charge their iPad Pro.
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