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Apple’s iPad upgrades march Lightning one step closer to death

After 11 years, 6 months, and 5 days of valiant charging and data service, the Lightning port is no longer on any iPad that Apple sells.

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You’ll never see it again — a Lightning port on an iPad

It’s easy to be glad about the move to USB-C for Apple devices, because it’s (usually) faster, and because now USB-C is in the iPhone, the iPad, and a MacBook Pro can be charged over USB-C. Even the Siri Remote for Apple TV 4K is now USB-C.

That has taken a long time — the iPad Pro moved from Lightning to USB-C in October 2018. It’s possible that Apple would have kept the Lightning port for even longer, at least on the iPhone, if it were for the EU introducing laws mandating USB-C.

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