Apple is reportedly experimenting with next-year iPad charging

by -
Photo: Caitlin McGarry/Gizmodo – After a year of iPad sales in Gangbuster, Apple will work on a new iPad mini design and upgrade its iPad Pro to support wireless charging.

The news is from the extraordinary Apple forecasting agent Mark Gurman of Bloomberg. GURMAN says it is trying to switch back into a glass for the iPad Pro by quoting anonymous Apple supplies. That move would reflect the way in which recent iPhones also have transited from aluminum to glass, and material changes would allow for the first time ever wireless charging on the iPad. Gurman also says that Apple tests for MagSafe, but that the port of Thunderbolt will remain unfamiliary because wireless charges can be noticeably slow.

Another great hit is that Apple’s ability to charge iPhones and other devices such as AirPods or the Apple Watch from the iPad Pro is also a matter of reverse wireless recharging. Android fans are likely to turn their eyes, as this feature has been able to do Android phones for many years now, but it is not yet over to the Apple ecosystem. The report further states that Apple is exploring a “future wireless charger,” which might meet the promises of the failed AirPower mat. It’s another rumor from Ming-Chi Kuo, an Apple analyst, last year that Apple worked on a smaller wireless mat. The company is also investigating an alternative wireless charge process “internally,” which does not rely on bobbins but can in any case function over greater distances. Cool if it pans, but the pipeline goes down – if Apple can even figure it out.

Apple is expected to work on a thinner entry level iPad and an updated look for the iPad Mini in 2021, which is also planned to become a new iPad Pro next year. In six years, this would be the Mini’s first new design, and Bloomberg claims to have narrow lugs and can remove the home button completely.

2020 was a good year for tablets as people looked for more ways of working and studying from home, with sales increasing 13.6 percent. In the last quarter of 2020, Apple was dominated by 19 million iPads alone. (Around 53 million shipped throughout 2020.) These gains only continued until 2021 according to Bloomberg. Apple earned $7.8 billion of iPads in Q1 2021, up 79 per cent year-on-year.

In addition to booming sales, the transition to own silicon makes it sense that Apple is upgrading their entire iPad line. A 12.9″ iPad Pro was launched with a new miniLED display, the first M1 iPad Pros. Although the hardware on the iPad is hard to argue, many people wanted to use the iPad as an alternative to the iPad, in particular. Nevertheless, WWDC 21 is just around the corner and we might finally be able to see software improvements as Apple doubles down on iPads.