MagSafe Charging Plan Hits a Roadblock


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The next iPadPro MagSafe may not charge after all. Various rumors indicateado Apple would bring wireless magnetic charging feature to this year high-end flagship tabletHowever, a new report claims those plans may have been scrapped.

Apple reportedly considered equipping the iPad Pro with a glass back so it could add MagSafe wireless charger support, but the company is apparently “not sure” about using such a fragile material, according to a report. 9to5Mac report.

Apple had created an iPad Pro prototype with a large Apple logo made of glass where power could be transferred between the MagSafe charger and the tablet. In this way, you could power up the iPad Pro just by placing it on the wireless charging accessory. Better yet, Apple was using stronger magnets than the ones you find in the iPhone 13 and the prototype tablet it could charge at even faster speeds.

But sadly, no matter how tough Apple makes its “Ceramic Shield” glass seem, it’s still susceptible to scratches and cracks. Reportedly unwilling to compromise on build quality, Apple may have abandoned the plan and is now looking at a different method to bring its MagSafe to the premium tablet.

You might be wondering why Apple can’t just use aluminum. It turns out that metals consume some of the energy that is transferred from the coil on a charging pad to that of the device being charged. As a result, metals reduce charging times, and since the energy absorbed by the material is converted into heat, using aluminum, steel, or titanium could compromise a device’s internal components. That’s why almost all wireless charging devices are made of polycarbonate or glass (with some exceptions).

The report says that Apple still wants to bring MagSafe to the 2022 iPad Pro, but we don’t know how now that the more obvious implementation might have been scrapped.

Moving on to other details about the upcoming Pro, 9to5Mac, citing unidentified sources, says the high-end tablet it will include a larger battery that could accommodate the power-hungry Magic Keyboard, a camera module based on the iPhone 13, and a new chip. The current iPad Pro is powered by an M1 processor, but if Apple releases a MacBook Air with an M2 SoC as rumors suggest, then we can only assume the iPad Pro will adopt the same chip.

echoing a Bloomberg report, 9to5Mac also says that Apple is prototyping iPad Pro models with screens larger than 12.9 inches and is thinking of adding a notch, which would extend the divisive design decision to more of their products (we hope this is not true). Other rumors predict that Apple will offer a miniLED display on the smaller iPad; Currently, only the 12.9-inch iPad Pro has the enhanced display technology.

Determining a release date for these premium tablets is tricky, but most signs point to a late 2022 release.


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