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Your expensive new iPad Pro will not come with a cheap headphone dongle

Really, Apple?

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The 2018 iPad Pro lineup is the first Apple tablet that doesn’t include a headphone jack. Because of this, you might think Apple would have included a USB-C to 3.5mm headphone dongle with the device, right? Think again.

Despite costing between $799 and $2,227 based on the display and storage size, the 2018 iPad Pro doesn’t include a $9 USB-C to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter. And just to be clear, the new Apple Earbuds that came with your new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR also don’t work with the new tablets since they use a Lightning connector, not USB-C.

In other words, Apple’s being cheap, folks.

While you’re at it, you’ll probably want to purchase the new USB-C Charge Cable for $19 and USB-C to SD Card Reader for $39. There’s also the USB-C cable for Apple Watch, which we told you about last week.

More about the new iPad Pro and the latest Apple event

What you will get on the new iPad Pro models is a Liquid Retina display with smaller bezels, Face ID, and for the first time, no Home button. Inside, you’ll find an A12X Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine. The 2018 iPad Pro models also feature Gigabit-class LTE, and up to 1TB of storage.

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Apple also announced two accessories for the new tablets. The $129 second-generation Apple Pencil and all-new Smart Keyboard Folio ($179 for the 11-inch iPad Pro model, $199 for the 12.9-inch variant.)

The 2018 iPad Pro lineup includes an 11-inch and 12.9-inch model; both are available to order now with the first deliveries arriving on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Besides new iPad Pro tablets, Apple also announced a new MacBook Air earlier today alongside a new Mac mini.

Are you buying a new iPad Pro? Are you also picking up a USB-C to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter?

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Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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