The brand new dedicated 2018 iPad Pro page on Apple’s website has confirmed that Apple’s support for the Power Delivery standard means that iPad Pro is able to charge an attached iPhone via USB-C.
Apple has just announced the 2018 iPad Pro, and, as part of that announcement, confirmed that the hardware will support USB-C charging. That change managed to draw a huge applause out of the crowd, especially from those who had been secretly hoping that Tim Cook’s company would ship the new iPad Pro complete with USB-C capabilities. Those prayers have been answered but it also seems that the new hardware will be capable of charging a connected iPhone thanks to the supported standard and the iPads larger battery, as confirmed by Apple’s press release and consumer-facing website.
A new USB-C connector replaces the Lightning connector in support of the powerful ways iPad Pro is used. Incredibly versatile, USB-C offers power for charging, supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 for high-bandwidth data transfers up to twice the speed to and from cameras and musical instruments, and drives external displays up to 5K. With USB-C, iPad Pro can even be used to charge an iPhone.
This might not seem like a game-changing piece of functionality for a lot of people but it could potentially be money-saving and extremely time efficient for those who are planning on owning the new iPad Pro but who would also invest heavily in a portable battery pack for when their devices run out of charge. Rather than having to shell out for a relatively expensive battery pack, Apple sells a 1-meter Lightning to USB-C cable for $19 or a longer 2-meter version for $29. That means that for a relatively small financial outlay, iPad Pro owners can start sharing their battery life with their iPhone to ensure that they never run out of charge whilst on the move.
With this release, Apple may be opening up this functionality for the first time to consumers but it is also signaling its intention to ditch its own Lightning input in favor of the universally adopted USB-C standard. This move may have been expected and predicted but the ability to charge iPhone directly from iPad Pro is definitely something that will be universally welcomed as a neat little addition.
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