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2022 iPad Pro rumored get updated design and wireless charging

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  • It will be the first major update to the iPad Pro since its first redesign in 2018.
  • Wireless charging support will let you charge the iPad without using the USB-C cable.

Apple will release a new iPad Pro next year with an improved design and wireless charging, Mark Gurman reiterated on Sunday.

The iPad Pro will feature a new design with a glass back to enable wireless charging, a first for any major tablet, and the first iPad model to support the feature. It could also support reverse wireless charging, allowing you to charge up other devices using the rear of the iPad Pro. This was first rumored to come with the iPhone 11, but hasn’t shipped on any iPhone or iPad model so far.

It will be the first significant upgrade to the current iPad Pro design, which launched in late 2018, alongside the introduction of the 11-inch model. Since then, Apple has updated the iPad Air and the iPad mini with a similar, flat-edge design and thinner bezels. The iPad Pro was last updated in April, with an M1 chip, mini-LED display, Thunderbolt port, Center Stage and other changes.

Apple is also expected the ship the mini-LED technology used in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the smaller 11-inch model, following a delay due to shortages this year. Mini-LED, which Apple markets as Liquid Retina XDR, has a higher contrast ratio, darker blacks and over 10,000 local dimming zones, making it superb for watching HDR content on.

After shipping the M1 chip with both 2020 iPad Pro models, it isn’t clear how Apple will improve performance with the next versions, or if it plans a chip upgrade at all.

Gurman didn’t comment on other upgrades that Apple has planned.

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