Apple has just presented a new generation of its iPad Pro (test), and the well-connected Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman is already reporting on the successor, which is expected next year. He also has new details on the new iPad Mini, which is expected towards the end of this year.
As Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claims to have found out, Apple is working on a new version of the iPad Pro, which will for the first time have a wireless charging function. In order to implement the charging technology in the Pro tablets, Apple will, according to the report, switch from the aluminum rear side, which has been used on every iPad so far, to glass. According to the report, Apple is testing a magnetic charging system for the next iPad Pro, similar to the Magsafe connector introduced with the iPhone 12 range. It is also said that the next iPad Pros will support reverse wireless charging and thus power iPhones and Airpods, for example.
Before Apple will announce its next generation of iPad Pro, which is still in development, a new iPad Mini can be expected. The mini model is expected towards the end of this year and should have narrower display bezels. Most recently, it was said from Japan that the screen size could increase from 7.9 inches to 8.4 inches. In addition, Apple tariffs the removal of the Touch ID button under the screen. It is unclear, however, whether the manufacturer will use a Face ID sensor or a fingerprint sensor in the power button as an alternative. Apple introduced the latter option last year with the iPad Air 4 (test). In addition to the iPad Mini, Apple is also planning a thinner version of the 10.2-inch iPad. Gurman assumes that the budget tablet will be announced with the iPad Mini.
Apart from the iPads, Gurman was also able to find out that Apple has not given up its work on replacing its discontinued Airpower charging mat. The company is still testing a wireless charging solution that can simultaneously power an iPhone, Apple Watch, and Airpods.
Apple is also researching alternative wireless charging methods that can charge devices over longer distances. The implementation of such a technology in a marketable product is still a few years away. The competitor’s Oppo and Xiaomi have already demonstrated the first concepts of such a charging technology. However, they are not yet ready for the market either.