Instead of using a glass back panel, Apple is testing prototypes with a glass logo that potentially allows MagSafe to be added to the iPad Pro.
For those who are excitedly waiting for one iPad Pro with the same glass-metal sandwich construction as an iPhone, fragility concerns have reportedly pushed Apple to drop the idea of a glass back panel on his tablet. Last year, BloombergMark Gurman predicted that a design renewal for the 2022 iPad Pro update was on the way and that tablets larger than 12.9 inches were also being considered. Since then, several rumors have surfaced about other hardware upgrades to Apple’s next flagship tablet.
Former, MyDrivers published alleged reproductions of the forthcoming iPad Pro with a white, glass-made back panel and a camera island similar to the iPhone 13 Pro. Rumor has it that the next iPad Pro will come armed with an upgraded camera and the next generation of Apple M2 silicon, which is also expected to find its way to the colorful MacBook Air update, which is scheduled for an early debut in 2022.
While the rumor mill rumbles and concept artists remain busy, 9to5Mac reports that Apple has abandoned plans for a glass back panel for the iPad Pro models, which will debut later this year. Referring to insider sources familiar with Apple’s design plans, the report shoots the cancellation at the fragility of the glass. Cracked iPhone back panels are not unheard of, but adding the weight of a tablet to the equation increases the risk of cracking the glass panel. Then there is the cost of repair a cracked iPad Pro to consider.
There is still hope for MagSafe
Although nixing the glass back panel would also mean that wireless charging and MagSafe support are out of the question, there is still some hope. Apple is reportedly experimenting with prototypes where the logo on the back is made of glass. Behind this logo is where Apple apparently plans to fit wireless power transfer hardware for its MagSafe charging system. In addition, the company is said to be using stronger magnets this time around, and the speed of wireless power transfer has also increased.
What this means is that MagSafe is still very much possible at 2022 iPad Pro Update. However, as the discussion focuses on prototype units, there is a reasonable chance that these changes may not appear on the final product. Apple will certainly weigh factors such as light mass production and manufacturing costs before implementing any of the ideas currently found on prototype hardware. Not to mention as these details do not come directly from Apple, they must be taken with some degree of salt.
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