Apple plans to launch an iPad Pro with wireless charging in 2022 and an UPDATED iPad mini as soon as possible this year
- Apple is working on iPad Pro with wireless charging coming in 2022
- The tech giant is also working on an updated iPad mini, with a new redesign
- Tablet sales have skyrocketed amid the COVID-19 pandemic as a hybrid workweek becomes more popular
- Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees they must work in the office at least three days a week from September
Building on strong iPad sales during the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple is reportedly working on an iPad Pro with wireless charging capabilities and a redesigned iPad mini, according to a media report.
First reported by Bloomberg, the Cupertino, California-based tech giant is set to release the iPad Pro in 2022.
The new iPad Pro would have a glass back – compared to aluminum for current models – to allow for wireless charging.
Apple is also said to be working on a system for the new iPad Pro, similar to last year’s iPhone update, charging MagSafe for more consistent speeds.
Conversely, the updated iPad mini and an entry-level iPad for students could hit the market by the end of this year.
Apple may introduce an iPad Pro with wireless charging as early as 2022, according to media reports
Apple did not respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com.
The new iPad mini would see its first redesign since 2015, and would feature a narrower screen bezel and the removal of a home button.
Cupertino, California-based Apple introduced a glass back on the iPhone 11 to enable wireless charging and continued that with the iPhone 12 models, released last September.
The iPad Pro, which starts at $799, has become a staple in Apple’s tablet lineup.
As many workers are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have increasingly turned to the iPad, especially the iPad Pro.
In its most recent quarter, Apple generated $7.8 billion in iPad-related revenue for the past quarter, up nearly 80 percent year-over-year.
During the company’s most recent earnings call, CEO Tim Cook described the new iPad Pro, which includes Apple’s M1 chip, as a “killer,” adding that he believes the product cycle will benefit if businesses and employees use a hybrid. keep setup. , partly working at home and in the office.
“And the product we just announced is really great, the iPad Pro with the M1 in it,” Cook said. “And so there are a lot of great things about the power of the product cycle beyond the trends that we see in the market.
And where this pandemic will end, it looks like many companies will operate in a hybrid mode. So it seems that working from home and the productivity of working from home remain very critical.’
Apple has benefited from a hybrid work environment, with CEO Tim Cook noting that ‘working from home and work-from-home productivity will remain highly critical’
Earlier this month, Cook told Apple employees via email that they will be required to work in the office at least three days a week beginning in September.
Some employees, depending on the position, will return to a four- or five-day schedule.
Employees also have the option to request permission to work remotely for two full weeks a year “to be closer to family and loved ones, find a different environment, arrange unexpected trips or some other reason for yourself,” according to the report. Cook’s email.
HOW DOES WIRELESS CHARGING WORK?
Wireless charging as a concept has been around since Nikola Tesla, a Croatian inventor, first suggested in the 19th century that you could transfer current between two objects via an electromagnetic field.
The charging pad contains a loop of coiled wires around a bar magnet, also known as an inductor.
When an electrical current from the mains passes through the coiled wire, it creates an electromagnetic field around the magnet.
This can then be used to transfer a voltage – or charge – to the smartphone.
Rumor has it that Apple is working on a charging system that runs on 7.5 watts.
That means it doesn’t offer faster charging speeds than conventional chargers, which deliver 15 watts as standard.