Apple Confirms The iPad Pro Features A USB 3.0 Capable Lightning Port

Ali Salman
Posted 11 months ago

We know the iPad Pro is a fast, premium and gigantic device, but what we didn’t know is that Apple snuck in a USB 3.0-compatible Lightning port. The teardown of the 12.9-inch iPad by iFixit reveals components that hinted USB 3.0 capabilities. Previously, the iPhone manufacturer did not showcase this feature publicly, but according to Ars Technica, Apple has confirmed that the iPad Pro features ultra-fast data transfer speeds via USB 3.0-capable Lightning port.

A USB 3.0 has a theoretical data transfer speed up to 5Gbps or 625MB, ultimately making it as much as 10 times faster than the USB 2.0. Although, Apple is fond of its Thunderbolt connectors which are twice as fast as USB 3.0, the latter has the benefit of backward compatibility with USB 2.0.

Let’s see some additional details of what the iPad Pro’s Lightning port is capable of.

iPad Pro’s Lightning Port Has Support For USB 3.0-Capabilities

It’s good that Apple sneakily installed support for USB 3.0 in the Lightning port of the iPad Pro, however, there still seems to be something keeping users from taking advantage of the incredibly fast data transfer speed. Apple did not include any Lightning cable to support the USB 3.0 capable Lightning port.


So it is not clear how users can take advantage of a feature whose medium is yet not identified. Hopefully, Apple will jot down a solution to this soon as the company decides to release a Lightning to USB 3.0 adapter. Many users are testing the current USB 2.0 cable and found that the accessory is lacking a significant number of pins to meet the criteria of the USB 3.0. Henceforth, the Lightning cable would be a little different in terms of physical aspects.

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For many users out there, the USB 3.0 proves to be unnecessary unless one transfers huge sum of data like 4K video and more. For lesser sized files, Apple has adopted ways to transfer files via iTunes Wi-Fi syncing and AirDrop. So, the USB 3.0 will be useful for photographers and video editors. It might be possible that Apple implements the technology into future iPhones for faster charging and faster data transfer speeds to and from the smartphone. Apple’s next generation A10 processor might also have a USB 3.0 compatible controller for convenience to fit in smaller devices.

This is it for now, folks. What do you think about iPad Pro’s Lightning port with support for USB 3.0? Will Apple provide a solution for the cable soon? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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