A glass-backed iPad Pro to likely stay a pipe dream for now

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If you’ve been dreaming about an iPad Pro getting the same glass back/metal frame design treatment as iPhones, there’s some bad news for you. a Nerdshala The report cited insiders as claiming that Apple may have pulled the plug on the glass rear panel change for its upcoming iPad Pro. This means that the iPad Pro will remain a polished hunk of metal with crazy sharp silicone inside.

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Last year, Bloomberg reported that Apple was considering a glassy rear panel for the iPad Pro. mydrivers It also shared an alleged render of the 2022 iPad Pro refresh with glass back earlier this year. There should have been an aesthetic overhaul for both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad models. Why the sudden change of plans at one of Apple’s famous design studios? According to the report, the fragility of the glass gave Apple a second thought about applying it on the rear panel of the iPad Pro.

Apple iPad Pro 2021 model.
iPad Pro (2021)

After all, iPhones with a broken rear panel aren’t very pleasant to look at or use. And even though the quality of the material has improved since the iPhone 8 days, it’s still glass. I’ve personally shed some bitter tears after cracking the rear panel of my iPhone 12 mini in my first rough encounter with a concrete floor. And with the added heft that comes with a much larger tablet form factor, the glass-backed iPad Pro seems like a risky business. I wouldn’t even dare to imagine the premium of rear panel replacement here.


However, it’s not just the aesthetic sacrifice that hurts. No glass panel means a smooth metal sheet adorning the back of the iPad Pro for another year. And that also means there’s no MagSafe or wireless charging. Also, there is a possibility that we may see a notch on the pricey Apple tablet.

But wait, there may still be some hope. According to the report, Apple is working on a larger logo with the iPad Pro prototype, similar to the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros. The logo is made of glass instead of painted-over metal, and Apple plans to fit wireless charging MagSafe hardware behind the Glass logo. The company is rumored to have fitted stronger magnets than iPhones, and has also promoted wireless power delivery.

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So there’s still hope that an iPad Pro with MagSafe capability could arrive next year, though it might not look nearly as fancy as the all-glass rear panel. But these are the prototypes we’re talking about here, which means Apple could still keep them on ice if the new design proves to be a manufacturing nightmare and drives up production costs.

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