Apple develops the next generation iPad Pro with surprises. It could be the company’s first tablet to support wireless charging. A feat that could be accomplished by adopting a “glass sandwich” design. A redesigned iPad mini is also expected to debut later this year.
Apple develops an iPad Pro with MagSafe and glass back
Citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans; Bloomberg reports Thursday that the company is working to integrate wireless charging capabilities into its tablets, a product line that saw explosive growth over the past year as the coronavirus pandemic spurred a work-from-home boom.
To facilitate wireless charging, Apple is considering a glass back design for 2022. Which would bring the aesthetics of the iPad Pro in line with recent iPhone models. A magnetic wireless charging system similar to MagSafe is also in the works. Although, like MagSafe on the iPhone, the system is unlikely to offer charging rates that rival a wired setup.
Details of the fix were not reported, but Apple could be experimenting with high-output wireless power technology that exceeds MagSafe’s 15W fast charge limit. The company acquired in 2017 a New Zealand startup called PowerbyProxi; which marketed a product capable of delivering 100 watts of wireless power with a 65mm coil. As is, the ample iPad batteries are squeezed through USB-C or Lightning. The report notes that Thunderbolt will continue to be used in next-generation iPad Pro models.
Reverse charging is present in the iPhone even if it is not active
Apple is also developing so-called reverse charging, or “two-way” charging, capabilities for its high-end tablet hardware.