Apple allegedly working on an iPad Pro prototype with MagSafe charging glass logo

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Tamsin Rodriguez17 January 2022Last Update : 7 months ago
Apple allegedly working on an iPad Pro prototype with MagSafe charging glass logo

Apple has never been particularly talkative when it comes to future plans and RnD. Still, most analysts believe we can expect updated vanilla iPad and iPad Air as well as new Pro models by 2022. You can read more predictions about the basic iPad and Air here as we focus on the new iPad Pro design.

The issue of wireless charging has largely been a topic of discussion since Apple unveiled its MagSafe wireless charging technology for the iPhone. According to the latest talk from industry insiders, Apple is already experimenting with at least one 2022 iPad Pro prototype with MagSafe on board.

So a variation of that. Sources claim that Cupertino was particularly reluctant to replace the iPad’s traditional metal back with a glass back to facilitate wireless charging. Instead, the proposed solution is a large Apple logo in glass, similar to that of the latest MacBook models. The prototype also reportedly has more powerful magnets to prevent accidental detachment.

Apple is reportedly working on an iPad Pro prototype with the MagSafe charging glass logo

We have to wonder if Apple is actually planning, or if it is at all possible to use the MagSafe magnetic mounting system in a more general way as a way to attach accessories like keyboards and racks to the iPad in a hassle-free and clean way. It would be quite interesting to watch, especially for keyboards, as some users have complained about excessive battery drain from a connected Magic Keyboard. Perhaps newer models will be designed to charge the tablet in some way, as a kind of dock, rather than to charge its battery.

iPad 10.2 (2021)
iPad Air (2020)
iPad Pro 11 and 12.9 (2021)

iPad 10.2 (2021) • iPad Air (2020) • iPad Pro 11 and 12.9 (2021)

Speaking of battery, most sources agree that the next iPad Pro is likely to have a larger package on board. Also on the potential list of new additions – a camera module similar to that of the iPhone 13, potentially new and brighter dual-stacked OLED panels. Maybe even those with a notch to reconcile the aesthetic with the MacBook line? Fortunately, the latter has not appeared in the rumor mill nearly as often. We might even see the debut of an Apple M2 chip. After all, Apple saw a nice increase in iPad sales in Q4, so it might just make sense to refine them even more aggressively. At least the Pro models, that is, the new Mini seems to step on the iPhone 13 and its sales, so we do not expect major moves there.

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