Apple’s 2022 iPad Pro could have MagSafe-esque wireless charging, according to a report from Bloomberg. The company could also release a new iPad Mini this year and potentially experiment with advanced wireless charging hardware, despite canceling the AirPower mat in 201
If the rumors are true, the 2022 iPad Pro will be the first Apple tablet with wireless charging technology. It will also be the first iPad with a glass back, as wireless charging technology doesn’t work through the aluminum housings that have defined the iPad since its debut in 2010.
And while the iPad Pro already has a ton of built-in magnets for cases and accessories, Bloomberg’s report suggests the 2022 iPad Pro will use a MagSafe-like system for wireless charging. Apple can put a new magnet in the iPad Pro specifically for wireless charging, but it can also use the device’s existing magnets.
Apple is also testing reverse wireless charging for the upcoming iPad Pro. The technology would turn the iPad Pro into a wireless charging mat for the iPhone, AirPods and other devices. Of course, the iPad Pro already uses wireless charging to power the Apple Pencil, so it would make sense to extend the technology to other Apple accessories.
Bloomberg’s report has a few more tidbits, including a rumored 2021 iPad Mini with a design similar to the larger Air and Pro models (thinner bezels, no Home button). The company also appears to be experimenting with wireless charging mats similar to the canceled AirPower, plus wireless charging technology that can work over long distances.
Source: Bloomberg via The Verge