iPad 2018 with glass back and wireless charging?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Appl3FTW, Oct 28, 2017.

  1. Appl3FTW macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    I’m pretty sure this will come crawling to the iPad line. That’s gonna look pretty good.
  2. akash.nu macrumors 604


    May 26, 2016
    Don’t think it will. Glass back for iPad will mean disaster waiting to happen.
  3. subjonas macrumors 68020

    Feb 10, 2014
    I’m sure some sort of wireless charging will come to iPads and MacBooks eventually, but it might be awhile. And it might not be inductive.
    These devices have much larger batteries that may take too long to charge inductively. Also because of their size I don’t see people laying them on a charging mat. You would need entire desk and table tops to be charging surfaces.
    I think it’s more likely that they would either wait for true wireless charging or possibly use conductive charging in the meantime, which would charge more efficiently and would allow for a smaller charging dock or mount. IMO.
  4. Precursor macrumors 6502a


    Sep 29, 2015
    I seriously don't want a glass back on my iPad, and there is no such thing as "Wireless Charging". The pad you place your iPad on is still wired, it actually is inferior to current design. At least now you can use your ipad in any position while plugged in, whereas the Qi charging would force you to lay your iPad flat. Not very practical for iPad imo.
  5. ValO macrumors 68000

    Sep 16, 2012
    I think an oled and redesign for the ipad is coming in 2020 for the ipad X. Just like they did with the iphone after 10 years.
    Between now and 2020, this is my guess:

    2018 iPad Pro: spec and camerabump for the 10.5 inch pro, and design change (smaller bezels like the 10.5 inch) for the 12.9 with camera and spec bump.
    2019 IPad Pro: including faceID and removing touchid, with reduced upper and lower bezels.(perhaps they’ ll even keep touchid.
    2020: IPad Pro x: only one model, an 11.7 inch or another “ in between” size of the 10.5 and 12.9 inch with oled and a new design, very small bezels, etc. And perhaps a way to run an arm based macOS , when a smartkeyboard(with a build in trackpad???) is connected, and IOS when the keyboard is not connected.and true wireless charging.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm expecting a redesign but I'm not sure I want a glass back on my iPad.

    I'm very happy with my current IPP so I can't see myself replacing this for many years to come anyways.
  7. KrisLord macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK
    Wireless charging is 5W today and a little more (7.5w if I recall) once Apple issue a software update.

    Those kind of power levels are too low for iPads in my opinion. Apple should focus on including faster power adapters (vs having to buy separate) and ensuring they can fast charge until nearly 100%.
  8. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Same as a glass front is disaster?
  9. Royksöpp macrumors 6502a


    Nov 4, 2013
    No. The iPhone is a device that is designed with trends in mind. The iPad and Mac line are designed for functionality, not what's of the moment. If anything they should start using 7000 series aluminum and maybe they can integrate wireless charging into the Apple logo on the back. They could just make it out of plastic. It wouldn't look as pretty, but it would be functional without looking ridiculous.
  10. Tapiture macrumors 65816


    Oct 1, 2016
    Whatever it is it'll have to be pretty good to get me to upgrade my 9.7 Pro.
  11. Richard8655 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 11, 2009
    That’s interesting. I still have my Blackberry Playbook tablet from years ago, and a charging option was wireless induction which worked great. Seems the technology has been around for quite a while and curious that Apple hasn’t incorporated it sooner.
  12. Appl3FTW thread starter macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    Wireless induction ala MacBook Pro would be nice. However you guys do know that there is a standing wireless Qi chargers right? They’re not all flat lol.
  13. Macintoshrumors macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2016
    not next year but within 5 years just enough time for apple to ease into wireless charging into its devices
  14. Precursor macrumors 6502a


    Sep 29, 2015
    Where's the functionality in carrying more bulky chargers just to keep the ipad standing then? How is it superior to current wired charging?
  15. akash.nu macrumors 604


    May 26, 2016
    This is exactly why I couldn’t be bothered with current wireless charging solution.
  16. zipur macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2011
    The great state of Texas
    Why all the hype for a glass backing on the iPad. Doesn't that add pounds, breakage and most of all you're gonna put a case on it anyway. I don't get it.
  17. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    Im waiting on the study that claims wireless charging leads to cancer. :p

    My views is that the wireless charging for the phone makes sense. Its a device that most people use throughout the day, and often place it down when not in use. The Qi would make it more convenient to charge in those instances as it is a matter to simply place the phone down and it starts charging. I myself am guilty to just leave my phone down on the table right next to my lighting cable and not plugging it in, simply for the fact that I usually unplug it everytime I pick it up due to the length of the cable.

    However, for an iPad it doesnt make sense to me. The iPads seem to have a longer battery life in general, and when in use, are often used for a longer period of time at once than the phones (based off of my experience anyway). So while an inductive option would be cool when setting the iPad down at night, it may not be as practical of a change. Macbooks may see some benefits if they are simply flat on a table all the time, but I dont see the worth.

    Id be more interested in a mag-safe type interface for the iPad :p There have been a few moments where my heart sunk when I tripped over a cable and frantically dove for my iPad.
  18. Howard2k macrumors 68020


    Mar 10, 2016

    I think you're missing her point of wireless charging in the current implementation. Do you think people use their iPhones while wirelessly charging? Or do you think wireless charging is for when you're not actively using the device?
  19. ljjycss macrumors member


    Apr 2, 2016
    I am wondering the relationship between charging pad coil size and device coil size. Do these two coils have to be similar in size? It would be tricky to line up an iPad with phone-sized coil with a small charing pad beneath it. Larger charging pad would take a lot of desktop space.
    I hope Apple would build AirPower into the stand of iMac. Imagining charging your phone, watch, headphone, mouse or keyboard wirelessly through your Mac.
  20. B.A.T macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2009
    The pencil needs wireless charging more than the iPad does.
  21. Precursor macrumors 6502a


    Sep 29, 2015
    I think you're missing my point that a lot of people also like the convenience of using the iPad while still plugged in, which is totally impractical while "wireless charging". iPad takes longer time to charge compared to the phone, so while it is convenient to lay down your phone for charging and pick it up for use, it is not the same for iPad. Most of us use iPads for long periods of time, unlike the phone, so this lay down-pick up routine doesn't really help.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 30, 2017 ---
    I completely agree. They could have easily implemented apple watch style charging to the pen by sticking it to the side of the iPad.
  22. Ixidor macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2016
    The iPad Pro could charge “wirelessly” since 2015 with the Logibase. Doesn’t that count?
  23. MikaLoop macrumors member


    Sep 20, 2017
    Inside of a bowl of cereal
    Glass back on an iPad seems like a nightmare.
  24. Greenmeenie macrumors 65816


    Jan 14, 2013
    I'd love to see a bezel-less ipad. Different sizes. Smaller footprint larger screens. Don't really care about wireless charging. In fact, i prefer the current design. Many people use their ipads at night in bed. Placing a phone on a pad makes sense. An ipad not so much in my opinion. But who knows. Ming Chi Kuo has been predicting a radical ipad redesign in 2018 for awhile now. Guess we will find out next Spring/Summer.
  25. xx22 macrumors regular


    Oct 1, 2017
    I really like the wireless charging on my Google Nexus, and then when it's trashy micro usb socket broke I was still able to charge it...but please no glass back like those idiots at Samsung put on their Tab S3 - and why? So it would break easily and they could sell more tablets?

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