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Bull’s-eye: Apple abandoned the glass panel in the new iPad Pro, but MagSafe will still build in

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Apple is preparing to release new flagship iPad Pro tablets in 2022. The company was previously speculated to be experimenting with a glass back and wireless charging. However, according to the thematic resource 9to5Mac, the “glass” option could be canceled by Apple.

Bull's-eye: Apple abandoned the glass panel in the new iPad Pro, but MagSafe will still build in

However, the company still wants to use MagSafe wireless magnetic charging in the new iPad Pro.

Sources familiar with Apple’s design plans told 9to5Mac that the company is unsure about using glass for the back of the iPad, as it’s easier to damage and will make the product more brittle. However, the presence of an aluminum back panel will make it difficult for the device to be compatible with MagSafe charging stations.

According to the source, to solve the problem, Apple developed iPad Pro prototypes with a larger logo. The bullseye is similar in size to that shown on the MacBook Pro, but is made of glass. This allows you to fully enjoy wireless charging through the glass logo.

The prototype also has stronger magnets to prevent accidents and supports charging at higher speeds than iPhone’s MagSafe.

The new iPad Pro has a larger battery, an iPhone 13-like camera module, and an entirely new SoC, possibly the same as the upcoming MacBook Air, called the Apple M2.

It is also noted that the company is experimenting with large form factors – a diagonal of more than 12.9 inches, and is also considering adding a “bangs”. However, the latter is very unlikely to be implemented in the final commercial samples of 2022.

The official debut of the new iPad Pro is expected in the first half of 2022.

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The next iPad Air possibly announced in March

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According to information relayed by a Japanese blog, the release of the fifth generation of iPad Air is close. This should ideally take place in the spring of 2022, i.e. between March and May. The Japanese blog in question is known as Mac Otakara who cited reliable sources in China to support the information.

The iPad Air 4 is available in several colors.
Probable versions of the iPad Air 5

In addition to that, the Japanese blog also added that the iPad is expected to launch at the same time as the iPhone SE.

A product with features similar to the iPad mini

Also according to information published by Mac Otakara, the fifth generation of iPad Air should look a lot like the sixth generation of iPad mini, in terms of technical characteristics. This therefore implies that the future iPad will be equipped with an A15 Bionic chip.

To this will be added an Ultra Wide front camera offering a quality of 12 megapixels. A camera that would also support Center Stage. Also according to the Japanese blog, 5g is planned for the cellular models of the next iPad Air as well as a True Tone Quad-LED flash.

Regarding the design, according to Mac Otakara, the future iPad Air will have a family resemblance to the iPad Air 4. These include the single-lens rear camera which should be renewed in full.

Other options like the 10.9-inch screen with thin edges, the Touch ID power button and the USB-C port should be renewed.

Information that does not serve as gospel

Mac Otakara is a blog that is not at its first attempt when it comes to rumors relating to Apple brand products. In this exercise, the site was successful just as it suffered several setbacks.

Indeed, the Japanese blog had been able to accurately announce that the fourth generation iPad Air would be equipped with a USB-C port. he was also right in reporting that the latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be thicker than usual. This allowed it to accommodate a mini-LED screen.

On the other hand, Mac Otakara did not have the right information regarding the Airpods Pro. Some claims made by the blog before the product was officially released in April 2021 turned out to be false.

We will therefore have to wait a bit to see if the Japanese blog was right or not. It is possible that the fifth generation iPad Air will be presented at the same time as the iPhone SE 3. The two Apple products are announced for the first major event organized by the Cupertino company on behalf of the year 2022. This should take place in March or April according to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman.

Source: MacRumors

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Apple’s big March presentation: details about the iPad Air 5 and the new iPhone SE

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According to Japanese blog Mac Otakara, Apple plans to release a fifth generation iPad Air with similar features to the recently released sixth generation iPad mini. The tablet should receive a single-chip Apple A15 Bionic system, a 12-megapixel wide-angle front camera, 5G support, and a four-color True Tone LED flash.

The new tablet will have the same body as the current model, including one rear camera. The current iPad Air, released in October 2020, features a 10.9-inch thin bezel display, a power button with Touch ID scanner, and a USB-C port. It is said that Apple will not raise the price of the iPad Air 5, but will remain in the current price range.

Apple's big March presentation: details about the iPad Air 5 and the new iPhone SE

The source adds that the new iPad Air will be released in March this year along with the third-generation iPhone SE. As for the new smartphone, it will also receive the Apple A15 Bionic single-chip system and support for fifth-generation networks, but there should not be any changes in terms of design. So claims Mac Otakara, although at the end of last week the new iPhone SE with an unexpectedly large screen and bangs was shown in high-quality images.

The source confirms that Apple will price the iPhone SE3 below $400 in the US and drop it from RMB 3,299 to RMB 3,000 in China.

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11-inch Windows 11 tablet with Core i3-1115G4 processor and 256 GB SSD for $440. Cube iWork GT sales start in China

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According to a source, the Cube iWork GT tablet computer went on sale in China. The device belongs to a small category of Wintel devices, and devices based on Core processors, not Pentium or Celeron.

11-inch Windows 11 tablet with Core i3-1115G4 processor and 256 GB SSD for $440.  Cube iWork GT sales start in China

The Cube iWork GT features an 11-inch Full HD screen, 8GB LPDDR4 memory and a 256GB SSD. The base version has a Core i3-1115G4 processor, while the top one has a Core i5-1135G7. USB-C and USB-A ports are provided for connecting accessories, there is a Micro HDMI video output and a standard headphone jack.

11-inch Windows 11 tablet with Core i3-1115G4 processor and 256 GB SSD for $440.  Cube iWork GT sales start in China

The thickness of the case is 10.5 mm, while inside the cooling system uses an active element – a fan. Weight Cube iWork GT – about 600 grams. The cost of the basic version is $440, the top version with a Core i5 processor is $580.

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