9to5Mac scoop: Apple scraps plans for glass back on ’22 iPad Pro

An oversized Apple logo and stronger magnets would permit MagSafe charging on a mostly aluminum back.

From Filipe Espósito’s “Apple hits roadblock in plans to redesign iPad Pro with MagSafe” posted Friday:

Apple is expected to introduce new iPad Pro models this year – previous rumors suggested that the company had been experimenting with new designs with a glass back and wireless charging. While the company still wants to bring MagSafe to the 2022 iPad Pro, 9to5Mac has learned that the rumored glass design may have been scrapped.

Sources familiar with Apple’s design plans told 9to5Mac that the company was uncertain about using glass on the back of the iPad since it is easier to damage and would make the product much more fragile. However, having an aluminum back would make it difficult to make the device compatible with the MagSafe Charger.

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.

Other tidbits about the new iPad Pro that we can report include a larger battery (which is great since some users complain that the Magic Keyboard causes excessive battery drain), a camera module similar to the one from iPhone 13, and a brand new chip. As rumors suggest that Apple also plans to introduce a new MacBook Air with the M2 chip, it makes sense to assume that the 2022 iPad Pro will have the M2 chip as well.

My take: No longer being a user, I’m not terribly interested in iPads. What I find mildly interesting, as a journalist, is that this Apple leak came to 9to5Mac’s Espósito and not to Ming-Chi Kuo or Mark Gurman (who, by the way, started out at 9to5Mac. See Meet Mark Gurman, Apple PR’s worst nightmare).

4 Comments

  1. John Konopka said:
    I’m on an iPad Pro all day. I’m not interested in wireless charging. I’d like to keep the stronger construction. If they want to implement wireless charging they could build it into the case of the Magic Keyboard.

    Wired charging is faster, more efficient and more convenient. Wireless charging just seems like a gimmick to me.

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    January 15, 2022
    • Charles A. said:
      Same here. Totally agree, John.

      Kinda baffling how PED has no need/desire for an iPad, though!

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      January 15, 2022
  2. Robert Paul Leitao said:
    I’m sure first and foremost the concern is an all glass back is more fragile. From my reading over the years, Apple experiments with different product forms and materials in the development process. Consumers purchase iPads for their performance, not for the case material (whether it be aluminum or all glass). In my view, an all glass back offers no competitive advantages and I doubt it would spur much in upgrades. If Apple wants to bring wireless charging to the iPad, a defined glass area on the back of the device would work just fine. Of course, MagSafe charging would be a boon for Apple-branded accessories sales, particularly MagSafe compatible cases.

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    January 15, 2022
  3. David Drinkwater said:
    Meh. I think wireless charging for an iPad is not really important.

    I do think wireless charging is important for iPhones, because those go in our pockets and everywhere. They need to be as water and dust resistant as possible. WIreless helps that.

    But if you fall into the pool with an iPad, you just trippin’.

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    January 17, 2022

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