When Apple announces new products, we love to analyze and dissect all the new stuff, and there was plenty to talk about with this round of releases. But Apple didn’t just add new features to its latest products this time around – it also took away some things that have been there for a while. Here are four features it took away from the 10th-generation iPad and Apple TV 4K that may start disappearing from other products as well.
We all know that Apple’s proprietary Lightning port is not long for this world, and Apple is wasting no time in getting rid of it. The Lightning port was removed from both the 10th generation iPad and the Siri Remote and replaced with USB-C, leaving iPhones, AirPods, and a few Mac accessories as the last remaining devices with Lightning.
But there is an oddity to this round of releases. The new iPad has a USB-C port for charging, so you’ll need an adapter to charge the Apple Pencil, which still has Lightning. So the road to USB-C is still a bit bumpy.
Apple has had a headphone jack goal since the iPhone 7, and the 9th generation iPad was the last iOS/iPadOS device to have a headphone jack — and it still is. Apple pulled the plug on the 10th generation iPad’s redesign, and when it stops selling the 9th generation iPad, none of Apple’s tablets will have one.
That will leave the Mac as the only Apple product that still includes a 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple recently had plenty of opportunities to remove the headphone jack from the iMac and MacBook with Apple’s silicon transition, but has so far relented. It’s arguably more important on the Mac than the iPhone and iPad for audio input devices, but still, we wonder how many more redesigns it will survive.
It’s no secret that Apple wants to rid the world of wires, and one of the biggest is ethernet. Ever since the iBooks AirPort Wireless Wi-Fi card arrived in 1999, Apple has been trying to get rid of unsightly network cables, and the Apple TV 4K continues that trend. It’s not completely gone, but you have to buy the $149 model to get an Ethernet port—the cheaper $129 model doesn’t have one.
Apple did something similar with the 24-inch iMac. Because it was so thin, Apple removed the Ethernet port from the body of the machine and moved it to the power adapter instead – but it’s not included in the cheapest model. It’s been years since Apple even included ethernet on its laptops, so only a handful of desktop Macs—the Mac Studio, Mac Pro, and Mac mini—now support built-in wired Internet. The Ethernet port on Apple’s desktop Macs is probably not in immediate danger, but it is certainly at risk.
‘Solid’ Retina displays
Apple introduced the Liquid Retina display with the iPhone X, and it has since expanded to nearly every product it sells with a display, most recently the 10th generation iPad and the M2 MacBook Air. Now, only a handful of products remain that don’t have a Liquid Retina display: the iPhone SE, ninth-generation iPad, 13-inch MacBook Pro, 24-inch iMac, Studio Display and Pro Display XDR, and more are rumored to switch soon . So if you like square corners, buy one while you still can.