Apple’s next iPad Pro will have wireless charging and a glass back: report


Apple is working on a new version of the iPad Pro with wireless charging, according to a new report in Bloomberg. To accommodate the technology, Apple will reportedly switch to a glass back for the new models, rather than the aluminum back on every iPad released to date.

Apple is said to be testing a magnetic charging system for the new iPad Pro, similar to the MagSafe connector introduced with the iPhone 12 series of phones last year. Apple may also include reverse wireless charging in the new iPad Pro, according to the report, allowing the iPad itself to serve as a wireless charging point.

Apple has only just released the new M1 iPad Pro with its Mini LED display, and the wireless charging model is reportedly not going to be ready until next year. However, Bloomberg also says that Apple will release a redesigned iPad Mini with narrower screen bezels in 2021. It’s not clear whether it will switch to Face ID like the iPad Pro or Touch ID to the power button like the iPad Air — Bloomberg’s report only says that “removing the home button has also been tested.”

In addition to the new iPad Mini, Apple is also said to be planning to release a thinner version of the 10.2-inch iPad. Both products are likely to be released around the end of the year.