The new iPad Pro is here, with its whole new design of smaller bezels, more screen space, and faster specs. However, one of the major changes for the new 2018 iPad Pro is that it makes use of a USB-C port.
Apple actually took the plunge and got rid of the Lightning port, which is their very own proprietary port. This was a surprising and great change that has trickled down from implementing USB-C with their MacBook laptops.
This is definitely a step forward because USB-C is the new standard of connection and charging for many portable devices on the market. Apple understands this, and with the use of a USB-C port, you can have more ease of access to the other USB-C devices that are already on the market or will be on the market in the future.
So it’s really a matter of future-proofing their product.
Another highlight with the use of a USB-C port on the 2018 iPad Pro is that you can use it as a power bank to charge an iPhone.
Yes, as strange as it might sound, you can actually use a Lightning to USB-C charging cable to charge your iPhone from the new iPad. This is pretty cool and it makes sense, as the iPad Pro 9.7 inch has about an 8,000mAh battery and the larger 12.9-inch model has about a 10,000mAh battery capacity.
So there’s plenty of power to charge an iPhone to its full power if you’re not heavily using your iPad while charging your phone.
In terms of charging speed, well, that’s where you can’t expect too much as you’re iPhone won’t be charging at 18W or anything. In fact, charging will be rather slow at about 5W, which is 1 Amp.
That said, even though the charging speed isn’t the fastest, you can still have a USB-C to Lightning cable with you while you’re on-the-go. So long as you have an iPad Pro and an iPhone with you, you basically have the ability to charge your iPhone with your iPad that’s also a power bank at this point.
Also, don’t forget to read our guides on the power banks that you should use for the new iPad Pro and the fast Power Delivery chargers that work well with the USB-C iPad. With the new generation of charging emerging, taking advantage of the best tech is vital for the best experience.