The USB Type-C ports provide iPads with charging, data transfer, and reversible connections. The global shift to USB-C is rapidly underway, and Apple is aligning itself with this trend. The prospect of universal chargers for all devices would be truly convenient for everyone.

You can charge your laptop, smartphone, and tablet with the same charger, whether it’s Apple’s, Samsung’s, or another brand device.

USB-C ports offer faster data transfer than iPad’s previous Lightning ports and support various accessories.

In this article, I want to list all iPads with USB-C ports, why Apple replaced the Lightning port with USB-C, and the advantages of these ports.

iPads with USB-C Port

Model NameRelease DateUSB-C Port?
iPad Pro (1st gen) 11-inchNov 7, 2018Yes
iPad Pro (3rd gen) 12.9-inchNov 7, 2018Yes
iPad Pro (2nd gen) 11-inchMar 25, 2020Yes
iPad Pro (4th gen) 12.9-inchMar 25, 2020Yes
iPad Air (4th gen)Oct 23, 2020Yes
iPad Pro (3rd gen) 11-inchMay 24, 2021Yes
iPad Pro (5th gen) 12.9-inchMay 24, 2021Yes
iPad Air (5th gen)Mar 18, 2022Yes
iPad Mini (6th gen)Sep 24, 2021Yes
iPad (10th gen)Oct 26, 2022Yes
iPad Pro (4th gen) 11-inchOct 26, 2022Yes
iPad Pro (6th gen) 12.9-inchOct 26, 2022Yes

All the latest iPads that have been released have switched to USB Type-C port. The last released iPad with a Lightning port was the iPad 9, which was released in 2021 September.

Advantages of USB-C Port in iPad

USB-C is a common connector that works with lots of different devices like laptops, phones, tablets, and monitors. This makes it easy to connect things without needing lots of different cables and adapters.

USB-C offers faster data transfers, quicker device charging, video output capabilities, accessory connections, and a reversible design. Allowing you to reduce cable clutter at your home.

iPad Accessories

USB-C ports have opened iPads to a lot of new accessories: Monitors, Keyboards, Trackpads, Webcams, Cameras, Hard Drives, Thumb Drives, etc.

All iPads feature only one USB Type-C port, but you can get more by purchasing a USB-C Hub, that would give other ports like MicroSD, HDMI, USB-A, and USB-C PD, and it can even bring back the headphone jack in iPads.

iPad Pro USB C Hub, 7-in-1 Adapter

You can connect your iPad to a monitor with a USB-C hub. You can add a flash drive and upload pictures and edit them. You can plug in your headphone jacks, and it even has a microSD card slot.

  • HDMI Port
  • SD card reader
  • microSD card reader
  • USB-C Data port
  • USB-C PD port
  • USB 3.0 port
  • Headphone jack

How Is USB-C Different From Lightning Port

There are a few differences between these ports. USB Type-C has the same connector at both ends. It is reversible, meaning you can plug it in either way. The USB-C has become a universal standard that can be used for many devices, including Android phones, laptops, MacBooks, etc. It supports faster data transfer and higher power delivery.

On the other hand Lightning port is exclusive to Apple devices. Limiting you to old iPads, iPhones, and iPods.

There are more and more devices coming with USB Type-C port support, while devices with lightning ports are decreasing.


When Did The iPad Start Using USB-C?

The first iPad that was introduced to the world that had a USB-C port was the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd gen) On November 7, 2018, before all iPads were using Lightning ports.

Why Did iPads Change To USB-C?

The iPad changed to USB-C to accommodate a more universal standard. Plus, the Lightning port wasn’t able to support the bandwidth needed for faster transfer rates. Generally speaking, USB-C ports are much faster and provide a better experience for users.

Does iPad Air Have USB-C?

Yes, the iPad Air (5th gen & 4th gen) have a USB-C ports.

Is iPad Mini USB-C?

Yes, the latest iPad Mini 6 comes with a USB Type-C port.

How To Clean USB-C ports in iPads

To keep reliable connection with iPads you need to clean the USB-C port from dust and debris. Turn your iPad off. You can use toothbrush to clean it out and compressed air.

Is iPad 10 USB-C?

Yes, iPad 10 is the first classic iPad that has the USB-C port instead of the lightning port.

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I'm a writer and editor in iPads & Android Tablets, Windows Tablet section. I'm passionate about technology, especially about tablets. I'm on a mission to assist people in discovering their ideal tablets. In addition, I'm dedicated to producing helpful how-to guides and sharing top-notch tips and tricks. In my early carrier I founded and became and editor at worldoftablet and have been a guest author at many other tech blogs. In wolfoftablet I'm focusing on iPads, Tablets, Apple Pencil, Apps, Reviews, Buyers Guides and Tablet Accessories. In free time I like to play games on my PS5 or iOS.