But it looks like a major change is afoot for the next release. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, and it will include a feature which is not in the iPhone.
The new feature is made possible because of a mooted change to the design, replacing the current aluminum back with glass—a change that has been common to every iPhone since the launch of the iPhone 8 in 2017.
That change will permit wireless charging, something not possible with an all-metal back. Of course, all iPhones released since 2017 also have wireless charging.
So, what’s the iPhone-beating innovation, you ask. Well, it seems that Apple is going to introduce reverse wireless charging to the next iPad Pro.
This means that if your iPhone 12 or AirPods Pro, for instance, are running out of juice, you can simply place them on the back of the iPad Pro and it will charitably share its energy with the other device. idn’t While there are obviously design issues with the change, such as ensuring the durability of such a large, thin sheet of glass and, well, exactly how you balance a tablet on a MagSafe charger, the benefits seem clear.
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Many flagship smartphones have reverse wireless charging. It was a trend that was started by Huawei.
But the reason it hasn’t quite taken off is that it’s usually our smartphones that are running out of power and if they’re not, battery anxiety may impede our generosity in wanting to share our phone’s charge with someone else.
But the iPad has a way bigger battery, and our usage is different, so reverse wireless charging from a tablet makes utter why-didn’t-they-do-this-already sense.
Gurman says the next iPad Pro will arrive in 2022, which makes sense as Apple’s only just released the latest model. So, it’s still possible that this Fall’s iPhone could introduce reverse wireless charging.
On a tablet, though, wireless charging is still rare. The Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus is a rare exception. It also has a clever charging device upon which the tablet can rest easily, like a canvas on an easel.
But for the iPad Pro, a redesign will likely lead to new requirements in a smart folio or the Magic Keyboard, to accommodate the attachment of a wireless charging pad, for instance.