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The glass-backed iPad Pro will likely remain a pipedream for the time being

If you’ve been dreaming about an iPad Pro getting the same glass back/metal frame design treatment as the iPhones, there’s some bad news for you. A 9to5Mac report that cites insider sources claims that Apple may have pulled the plug on a glass rear panel makeover for its upcoming iPad Pro. What this means is…

If you have been dreaming of an iPad Pro with the same metal frame/glass back design as the iPhones then there is bad news. According to a 9to5Mac article, Apple may have stopped making a glass back panel for the upcoming iPad Pro. This means that the iPad Pro will remain a sleek, metal hunk with super fast silicon inside.

Last Year, Bloomberg reported that Apple was looking at a glassy back panel for the iPad Pro .. MyDrivers also shared an alleged render of the 2022 iPad Pro refresh with a glass back earlier this year. The aesthetic overhaul was supposed to happen for both the 11-inch and the 12.9-inch iPad models. What is the reason for this sudden change in plans at Apple’s renowned design studios? According to the report, Apple was hesitant about using glass on the iPad Pro’s back panel.

Apple iPad Pro 2021 model.
iPad Pro (2021)

After all, iPhones with a shattered rear panel aren’t very pleasant to look at or use. And even though the material quality has improved since the iPhone 8 days, it’s still glass. I’ve personally shed a few bitter tears after cracking my iPhone 12 Mini’s rear panel in its very first bumpy encounter with the concrete floor. An iPad Pro with a glassback sounds risky, considering the extra weight that comes with a larger tablet size. I wouldn’t be able to imagine the cost of replacing the rear panel here.

But it’s more than an aesthetic loss. For another year, no glass panel means no smooth metal sheet covering the iPad Pro’s back. And that also means no MagSafe or wireless charging. Plus, there’s also a chance that we might see a notch on the pricey Apple tablet.

But there may still be hope. As per the report, Apple is toying with iPad Pro prototypes with a much larger logo, just like the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. Apple plans to place the wireless charging MagSafe hardware behind this glass logo. This logo is made out of glass and not painted over metal. Rumours suggest that the company has fitted stronger magnets to the iPhones and has increased wireless power delivery.

There is still hope for an iPad Pro with MagSafe capability to arrive next year. However, it might not look as elegant as an iPad Pro with all-glass rear panels. These are just prototypes, so Apple could still freeze them if the new design is a manufacturing nightmare or increases production costs.

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