Apple to launch new ‘M2’ iPad Pro this year, featuring MagSafe to allow for wireless charging
Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman is out with the latest issue of his weekly “Power On” newsletter, this week reporting that he believes Apple’s next-generation iPad Pro will be powered by a new “M2” chip, featuring MagSafe to support wireless charging on the iPad for the very first time.
Apple’s most recent iPad Pro upgrade came last April with the launch of the 5G iPad Pro powered by the Apple M1 chip. According to Gurman, this year’s new upgrade will likely arrive between September and November, with Apple introducing a new “M2” chip that separate reports have suggested will bring speed and efficiency improvements with additional GPU cores.
Today’s report isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors about Apple bringing MagSafe wireless charging support to the iPad. Gurman himself claimed last year that Apple was working on a redesigned iPad Pro with a new glass back design to enable wireless charging, with today’s newsletter update noting that wireless charging will likely be slower than directly plugging in a charger to the iPad’s Thunderbolt port, “which will remain as part of the next models.”
Former leaker @dylandkt claimed earlier this year that Apple will bring a new “M2” chip to the iPad Pro in 2022, reiterating the wireless charging rumors saying “I have heard nothing but concerns from multiple sources with regards to its Wireless Charging/MagSafe capabilities,” hinting that Apple was having problems with the new feature.
Following the report that claimed Apple was testing a new glass back design to enable wireless charging on the next iPad Pro, questions over the new device’s durability began to surface, with some sharing their dislike for how easily the back of the iPad could potentially crack.
No further details about the next iPad Pro have been shared.
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