You've got the brand new iPad Pro. It's the first iOS device to have a USB-C port rather than a Lightning port. Whether you picked up the 11-inch or the 12.9-inch version, you may find yourself in need of some USB-C adapters and cables. Here are some of the best.
For your music
There is no headphone jack in the 2018 iPad Pro models, so if you want to plug in headphones, you'll need this adapter. Plug it in to your USB-C port, and then plug your headphones into the other end. You may want to go wireless at some point, but this inexpensive adapter will hold you over until then.
Transfer high-resolution photos and videos at UHS-II speeds to your iPad Pro and machines with USB-C ports. It works with UHS-II SD cards and it's backward compatible with other SD cards and adapters.
Charge your watch
Perhaps you never thought about charging your Apple Watch with your iPad Pro, but with this cable, you can do so. It's roughly a foot long, and lets you charge your Apple Watch as part of your mobile setup.
For your USB cords
You probably still have some devices with USB cables, such as your iPhone charger. With this adapter, you can plug your USB cable into your iPad Pro. Now you can charge your iPhone or any USB accessories with your iPad Pro.
For your VGA display
This adapter has three ports. One is just a USB-C port so you can still charge your iPad Pro. One is a USB port. The main reason to buy this one is for the VGA port, so you can mirror your iPad Pro display to your VGA-enabled TV or display in up to 1080p HD.
Charge your iPhone
Charge your iPhone or other iOS device directly with this cable in your iPad Pro. You can also use this cable to rapid charge your iPhone 8 or newer if you have a 29W or higher power adapter.
The monster hub
This hub adds six ports to your iPad Pro: 4K HDMI, 35mm audio jack, SD, micro SD, USB-A 3.0 and USB-C power delivery. It comes with a brace so its weight won't damage your iPad Pro. The HyperDrive hub fits either the 11-inch or 12.9-inch size, with or without the Smart Keyboard Folio attached.
I personally bought Apple's USB-C to USB Adapter (opens in new tab). I'm not even sure if I'll need it much, but I figured it was better to have it on hand just in case I need it quickly. I can use it for both my MacBook Pro and my iPad Pro. I'd recommend it generally for its flexibility, but of course you may have a specific use case for the other items on this list.
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Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at CNET. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, AppAdvice, WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.
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