Lightning isn’t the only one on the chopping block.
When Apple releases new products, we love to analyze and dissect everything, and there was plenty to discuss with this round of releases. But this time, Apple didn’t just add new features to its latest products; it also removed some that had been there for a while. Here are four features that were removed from the 10th-generation iPad and Apple TV 4K and may soon be removed from other products.
We all know that Apple’s proprietary Lightning port isn’t going to last much longer, and Apple isn’t going to waste any time getting rid of it. The Lightning port was removed from both the 10-generation iPad and the Siri remote and replaced with USB-C, leaving only iPhones, AirPods, and a few Mac accessories with Lightning.
There is one exception to this round of releases. Because the new iPad has a USB-C charging port, you’ll need an adapter to charge the Apple Pencil, which still has a Lightning port. As a result, the road to USB-C is still a little rocky.
Apple has been pursuing the headphone jack since the iPhone 7, and the 9th-generation iPad was the last iOS/iPadOS device to include one—and it still does. Apple removed the jack from the redesign of the 10-generation iPad, and once the 9th-generation iPad is discontinued, none of Apple’s tablets will have one.
As a result, the Mac will be the only Apple product with a 3.5mm headphone jack. With the Apple silicon transition, Apple had numerous opportunities to remove the headphone jack from the iMac and MacBook, but it has thus far refrained. It’s arguably more important for audio input devices on the Mac than the iPhone and iPad, especially for pro users, but we’re not sure how many more redesigns it’ll withstand.
It’s no secret that Apple wants to get rid of all wires, including Ethernet. Apple has been attempting to eliminate unsightly networking cables since the iBook’s AirPort Wireless Wi-Fi Card debuted in 1999, and the Apple TV 4K continues that trend. It’s not completely gone, but you’ll need to buy the $149 model to get an ethernet port—the $129 model lacks one.
Apple did a similar thing with the 24-inch iMac. Because it was so thin, Apple moved the ethernet port from the machine’s body to the power adapter—but it isn’t included in the cheapest model. Apple hasn’t included ethernet on its laptops in years, so only a few desktop Macs—Mac Studio, Mac Pro, and Mac min—now support built-in wired internet. The ethernet port on Apple’s desktop Macs isn’t in immediate danger, but it is in jeopardy.
Retina ‘Solid’ displays
Apple first introduced the Liquid Retina display with the iPhone X, and it has since been expanded to nearly every product with a screen, including the 10th-generation iPad and M2 MacBook Air. Only a few products remain without a Liquid Retina display: the iPhone SE, ninth-generation iPad, 13-inch MacBook Pro, 24-inch iMac, Studio Display, and Pro Display XDR, and several are expected to do so soon. So, if you like square corners, now is the time to get one.