Bloomberg’s reliable Mark Gurman has shared new insight into Apple’s iPad roadmap, detailing what to expect for the next iPad mini and iPad Pro.
According to Gurman, unnamed sources note an all-new iPad mini is set to debut later in 2021, featuring the first redesign in six years. The next iPad mini reportedly has narrower bezels, while the company has also tested removing the Home button. The last update to the iPad mini was back in 2019 when Apple Pencil support was added, along with a processor update.
As for the 2022 iPad Pro, the next design is testing a glass back instead of aluminum, and support wireless charging. MagSafe for iPad Pro has been under testing, claim sources. Apple’s most-recent iPad Pro update added miniLED display tech to the 12.9-inch model, while across the lineup, Apple’s M1 chip was added.
Another feature of the next iPad Pro is reverse wireless charging, which would allow users to charge other devices with their Apple tablet, such as an iPhone or AirPods, claim sources speaking to Bloomberg.
Apple is also working on an update to its regular iPad, which targets students. This iPad refresh is said to debut at the end of 2021, roughly the same time as the iPad mini debut. Back in the fall of 2020, the regular iPad gained a processor update, like clockwork.
Gurman says Apple is still looking into a future wireless charger for multiple devices, similar to its AirPower charging mat that was cancelled. Apple is also looking into wireless charging that can happen over farther distances, but such a product is still many years away.