Apple’s New iPad Pro Accessories Include Apple Pencil 2, Smart Keyboard Folio & USB-C Port, but No More Headphone Jack

Apple finally released the new iPad Pro we've been waiting for, and it has more memory and processing power, plus amazing graphics, and a vibrant edge-to-edge display. There are two new accessories that perfectly complement the iPad Pro, as well, the Apple Pencil (2nd Generation), and a Smart Keyboard Folio. Along with these additions, the iPad Pro has a new USB-C port and a Smart Connector, no more Lightning port and no more headphone jack! Let's learn more about the new iPad Pro accessories, as well as the USB-C port and what these developments mean for ease of use and compatibility between iPad generations. 

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All-New Apple Pencil

Which Apple Pencil Is Compatible with Which iPad?

Here's the first thing you need to know about the new Apple Pencil; if you want to use an Apple Pencil at all on one of the new iPad Pros, it has to be the second-generation stylus. That's right, the first-generation Apple Pencil is not compatible with the new iPad Pros. 

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Touch Responsive

Perhaps the most exciting feature of the second-generation Apple Pencil is that it's responsive to touch. All you'll need to do to switch from draw to erase mode or change brushes is tap the stylus twice. If you don't prefer the standard setting, you can customize this feature to the tools you use most. Apps can customize the double-tap function as well. For example, Photoshop allows Apple Pencil users to double tap to zoom in and back out from their image. 

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Wireless Charging

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The new Apple Pencil attaches magnetically to the top of the iPad Pro, where it automatically pairs and begins to wirelessly charge. No more cap to remove or components to plug in, the second-gen stylus snaps on and charges at the same time your iPad does, so it's always powered up and ready to work when you are. Of course, the added bonus to this system is that there's no more little cap to lose, and no moving parts or connectors to break!

iPad Pro Smart Keyboard Folio 

In addition to front and rear protection for the new iPad Pro, Apple's Smart Keyboard Folio offers several other convenient new features. The Folio magnetically attaches to the 11-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro, then automatically pairs and begins charging through the Smart Connector. There's an auto-wake feature, so your iPad Pro is ready to work as soon as you open the front cover, and shuts down again when the cover is closed, saving power. 

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The Smart Keyboard Folio also features two prop angles, one for desktop and another for lap use, so there's never an awkward hunch or neck cramp to deal with no matter where you're working. 

All your familiar keyboard shortcuts are available with the keyboard folio including underline, italicize, bold, copy, and paste, you can use all the usual keyboard shortcuts for apps, as well.

The only downside I can see to the new folio case is that there isn't a trackpad. I suppose Apple has to save some features for the new MacBook, though!

USB-C Port

The new iPad Pro comes with a USB-C port (instead of a Lightning port) that enables it to connect with accessories like a camera or high-resolution display, and even charge your iPhone directly from your iPad.  

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No More Headphone Jack

As mentioned before, the new iPad Pros do not have headphone jacks. You'll be able to listen to music through wired headphones if you have a USB-C to headphone adapter. Apple will happily sell you the headphone adapter for $9. If this idea doesn't appeal, you can always use Bluetooth headphones.

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.