The new iPad Pro can charge your iPhone

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iPad Pro.

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Apple unveiled its new iPad Pros at its Brooklyn “There’s more in the making” event earlier today. The announcement came with a few surprises, one of which is that people will be able to charge their iPhones with the new tablets.

Apple added a USB-C port to its new iPad Pros, making it a lot more like a personal computer. This port can be used for charging the iPhone and also allow people to link to monitors, storage devices and other devices. John Ternus, Apple’s VP of hardware engineering said onstage that USB-C is compatible with a wide range of accessories.

The way it works is the same as charging your phone with a Mac, you just use a connector cable to plug the smartphone into the tablet’s USB-C port.

While Apple added the USB-C port to its new iPad Pros, it eliminated both the Lightning connector and the 3.5mm headphone jack. The iPad’s lack of an audio output is part of the explosion in Bluetooth headphones. Eliminating those two ports means the new device is now 15 percent slimmer than the previous version.

“It’s dramatically smaller, almost same size as 8.5-inch piece of paper,” Ternus said, speaking about the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. “You really have to hold one to believe it.”

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First published Oct. 30, 8:41 a.m. PT. 
Update, 9:13 a.m.: Adds additional background information.

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