When Apple released the iPhone 7 in 2016 without a headphone jack, everyone knew it was just a matter of time when they also removed 3.5mm jacks from iPads. In 2018, they also released the first iPad without a headphone jack.

By removing the headphone jacks from their devices, Apple managed to increase the demand for wireless earbuds, and in December 2016, they entered the market with their own wireless AirPods.

In this article, you can find the list of all iPads that have headphone jacks a detailed explanation of why Apple removed the headphone jack, and tips on how to connect wired headphones to iPads with USB-C ports.

iPads with Headphone Jacks

iPad ModelRelease DateHeadphone Jack
iPad (1st gen)April 3, 2010Yes
iPad (2nd gen)March 11, 2011Yes
iPad (3rd gen)March 7, 2012Yes
iPad (4th gen)October 23, 2012Yes
iPad Mini (1st gen)November 2, 2012Yes
iPad Air (1st gen)November 1, 2013Yes
iPad Mini (2nd gen)November 12, 2013Yes
iPad Mini (3rd gen)October 22, 2014Yes
iPad Air (2nd gen)October 22, 2014Yes
iPad Mini (4th gen)September 9, 2015Yes
iPad Pro (1st gen)November 11, 2015Yes
iPad (5th gen)March 21, 2017Yes
iPad Pro (2nd gen)June 13, 2017Yes
iPad (6th gen)March 27, 2018Yes
iPad Mini (5th gen)March 18, 2019Yes
iPad Air (3rd gen)March 18, 2019Yes
iPad (7th gen)September 25, 2019Yes
iPad (8th gen)September 15, 2020Yes
iPad (9th gen)September 14, 2021Yes

The last iPad with a 3.5mm headphone jack was the iPad 9. After that, every iPad no longer has this port.

Why did Apple Remove Headphone Jacks?

There were several reasons why Apple decided to remove headphone jacks from their devices: sleeker and more streamlined design, improved water resistance, more internal space for internal hardware, and they wanted to increase the demand for their own wireless headphone/earbuds.

None of Apple’s in-house earbuds and headphones are wired. AirPods, Beats, AirPods Max, etc. All of these Apple products are wireless, and if Apple kept a headphone jack on their devices, it would mean that they are creating competitors for themselves.

This strategy encourages Apple’s customers to explore their range of wireless audio products.

It’s in Apple’s interest to create devices without headphone jacks so they can upsell their Bluetooth headphone or earbuds to their loyal customers.

How To Connect Wired Headphones to iPad

Some people prefer wired headphones over wireless, and it’s still possible to use wireless headphones with iPads that don’t have the headphone jack. You need to buy a USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter.

Related Article: How To Connect Headphones to iPad (Wired & Wireless)

If you have an older iPad with a Lightning port, simply look for the Lightning port to 3.5mm jack adapter.


Can iPad headphone jack be used for microphone?

Yes, the headphone jack on an iPad can be used for both audio output (headphones or speakers) and audio input (microphone). Simply plug in the headset into the headphone jack, and the iPad will recognize the microphone input.

Which iPad Air has headphone jack?

The last iPad Air with headphone jack was iPad Air 3, that was released in 2019.

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