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New iPad Pro uses USB-C in lieu of Lightning connector: Here’s why that’s important

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David Carter
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Apple’s new iPad Pro features an (nearly) edge-to-edge display, eliminates the home button, and opts for a USB-C connection in lieu of the company’s proprietary Lightning connector.

This signals a baby step toward the universal connection system, meaning that we consumers are that much closer to consolidating our cables into a single, versatile USB-C method.

It is confusing, however, that Apple’s two-month-old flagships rely on a Lightning connector as the company pulls away toward USB-C.

While the transition period remains messy, it serves as an opportunity to discuss proprietary systems at large.

Proprietary systems exist for profit…

… and that’s perfectly fine.

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