Next iPad Pro could have a large glass Apple logo to help with wireless charging

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What you need to know

  • Apple has previously been rumored to want to put wireless charging into an iPad Pro.
  • Concerns have been raised about making the entire back panel glass due to the potential for breakage.
  • Apple could use a large glass Apple logo to allow wireless charging to be offered alongside a metal back panel.

Apple could launch a new iPad Pro with a large glass Apple logo on the back — and it's all about offering wireless charging via MagSafe.

We've seen reports before that Apple wants to bring MagSafe to the iPad Pro lineup but a new 9to5Mac report claims that Apple has concerns about making the tablet's rear panel out of glass. A metal back would make wireless charging problematic, if not impossible, so the workaround appears to be to use a large glass Apple logo instead.

The large logo could also allow the iPad Pro's MagSafe to charge more quickly than that of iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, too.

According to our sources, the company has developed iPad Pro prototypes with a larger Apple logo (similar to the one on the new MacBook Pro), but this one is made of glass. As a result, power would be transmitted through the glass logo. The prototype also has stronger magnets to prevent accidents, and it supports charges at faster speeds than MagSafe for iPhone.

MagSafe is undoubtedly the best iPhone charging solution but it still isn't clear how it would benefit iPads — although it seems unlikely many people would turn the ability to wirelessly charge their iPad down.

The same 9to5Mac report also claims that the new iPad Pro will feature a larger battery than the current models a new iPhone 13-like camera and a new processor. An Apple silicon M2 seems likely to make an appearance in a 2022 iPad Pro.

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2 Comments
  • I don't know if anyone reads these comments but I'm going to throw you a bone here if you do. Docks. The answer to the question of why this is happening is docks. A dock is a far, far, far, more usefull accessory for an iPad than it is for an iPhone, yet we have stupid little docks for our iPhones who's only purpose is to make them look cool on your desktop, and absolutely NO docks at all for iPads bar the Smart Cover thingie. Imagine how incredibly usefull a portrait keyboard dock would be for the iPad for example. Or imagine something like the base of the iMac G4 with a MagSafe conneciton on the end of the arm you can attach your iPad onto. I just bought the new iPad Mini 6 and Apple's ONLY solution is a 1 metre cable and a wall wart. It's not only not usefull, it means the iPad is lying upside down on your desktop and so close to the wall that it's hard to even reach. Absolutely insane. Docks. Docks, docks, docks. You're welcome.
  • Not sure what you are talking about. There are plenty of docks available for the iPad. What do you want this 'dock' to do? Are you talking about a stand, with a connection that allows an iPad to connect to a bunch of stuff? If that were made, the only option would be portrait because of the iPad port placement. With a simple stand and cable connected dock you get a choice of orientation. What is this ONLY solution with a 1 meter cable and wall wart you are talking about? A wall wart supplies power, it's not a dock. The 1 meter cable came with the Mini. Buy a longer one if you need it. Personally I'd hate to see an iPhone style MagSafe puck arrangement on the back of an iPad. I'd love to see a MacBook style MagSafe 3 connector on an iPad. That's assuming it supports USB-C connectivity, or there is also a USB-C port.