Which iPad models have a USB-C port? Here is the full list


Apple is gradually switching from Lightning to USB-C since iPad, but which models have the new port? Although Apple still uses Lightning connectors on iPhones, this is expected to change with the iPhone 15 in 2023. Lightning is an older proprietary connector created by Apple, and after sticking with it for years, Apple has finally started replacing it with USB-C on iPads.


While every iPad supports fast charging and data transfers, those with a USB-C port can do it faster. It also eliminates the need to carry multiple data cables and adapters. USB-C on iPad can do more than that and has the ability to connect a variety of devices to take the iPad one step closer to a standalone computing device.

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The 2018 iPad Pro was the first iPad to feature a USB-C port. This was available on the 11-inch (1st Gen) and 12.9-inch (3rd Gen) models released that year. Since then, all subsequent iPad Pro models, including the iPad Pro M1 released in 2021 and the iPad Pro M2 announced in 2022, have used a USB-C port instead of Lightning. The first iPad Air to get a Type-C port was the 4th generation model launched in 2020. The iPad Air (5th generation) also followed in 2022. The smallest iPad on the market, the iPad mini (6th generation) , adopted Type-C in 2021. Apple eventually introduced the Type-C port on the standard iPad (10th generation) in 2022, making it the first model in the line to use the interface. With that, the transition from Lightning to USB-C is officially complete on the iPad lineup, with all future models set to use the modern port as well.


What can you do with USB-C on iPad?

USB-C has several advantages over Lightning on iPad. Starting with the basics, USB-C can charge iPads at the highest supported speeds. However, Apple does not include the higher power charger in the box, so users will either have to buy one separately or use a charger that comes with a Mac. An iPad with USB-C can be connected to a Mac or PC using a USB-C to USB-C cable (included in the box) or a USB-C to USB-A cable ( sold separately).

Another breakthrough feature that USB-C ports unlock is the ability to connect to external displays and monitors. According to Apple, the iPad Air (4th generation) and iPad mini (6th generation) support external displays with up to 4K resolution. The 11-inch iPad Pro (1st and 2nd generation) and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd and 4th generation) can connect to displays up to 5K. Finally, the latest iPad Pro and iPad Air (5th generation) support 6K displays with Pro Display XDR. Additionally, iPads with USB-C ports can also connect to devices such as TVs, speakers, storage hubs, keyboards, and Ethernet, provided a user has access to the correct cable.

Apple sells a variety of adapters on its website to enable these connections, including USB-C to HDMI, USB-C Digital AV Multiport, USB-C to 3.5mm, and USB-C to SD card adapters. Unfortunately, iPads with USB-C don’t have a headphone jack, which means users will either have to use a 3.5mm adapter or connect to wireless headphones like AirPods. iPads with USB-C can also charge a range of devices, including iPhones, others iPadApple Watch and some third-party USB devices.

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Source: Apple

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