The next Apple iPad Pro could have a glass back instead of metal to facilitate the introduction of wireless charging, and according to a new rumor the company’s MagSafe technology could also be included. as reported by bloomberg, it also said that Apple is still working on a new version of the iPad mini, and a wireless charging platform that may not require direct contact with a device to charge.
Switching to Glass on the 2022 version of the iPad Pro will bring the tablet closer in style to recent Apple iPhone models, as MagSafe would add. Wireless charging isn’t common on tablets, even after first being seen on the Huawei Matepad Pro in 2020, but is certainly a helpful feature.
The report also said that Apple may add a reverse charging feature, where the tablet’s larger battery cell can wirelessly power another device, such as an iPhone, Apple Watch, or wirelessly charging AirPods. Adding MagSafe to other Apple products has always been inevitable, and will give third-party manufacturers a chance to get creative with case and stand accessories for tablets.
Regarding the iPad mini, an anonymous source from Bloomberg says that the smaller tablet that is being worked on could have thinner bezels around the screen, and the TouchID-enabled home button could be removed. If true, this would give it a styling closer to the iPad Air (2020) rather than the 8th generation iPad. A refreshed iPad mini was rumored for a while, but it didn’t come with the 2021 iPad Pro as it seemed possible for some time. Bloomberg’s source indicates that it may still arrive this year.
What about an advanced wireless charging platform? It’s described as a wireless charger that “works over longer distances,” making it look like the device being charged doesn’t have to rest on the charging plinth. Over-the-air wireless charging has been in the works for years, companies like Ossia are famous for developing the technology, and even Xiaomi recently announced that it is working on something similar. Has been doing. However, it’s still in the early stages, and we haven’t seen any consumer-ready versions yet. Apple’s version, even if it’s not so massive, is said to be several years away from being ready for sale.
iPad sales have surged over the past year, so it’s no surprise that Apple is putting a lot of effort into making even more desirable models, especially when tablets are much more expensive than smartphones before considering upgrades. It is common to be kept for a long time. Although the progress described by Bloomberg’s source seems credible, they aren’t official yet, and plans could change between now and the release.