According to a recent report, Apple may replace the existing three-pin Smart Connector on the 12.9-inch and 11-inch 2022 iPad Pro with a four-pin one.
The Magic Keyboard, Smart Folio, and other smart keyboards may be connected using the Smart Connector. A four-pin Smart Connector, which “may be a terminal to help in charging peripherals that connect to the Thunderbolt/USB-C port on the M1 chip-equipped iPad,” is said to be coming to the 2022 iPad Pro, according to Mac Otakara.
In other words, it may greatly simplify the process of powering various gadgets. The 2022 iPad Pro and the accessories connected using the Smart Connector might always be powered. The connector will now be able to power peripherals that are attached via the Thunderbolt/USB-C port, as this report implies.
2022 iPad Pro Design Change Probable
The report goes on to state that the next-generation iPad Pro will include two of these four-pin Smart Connectors as new additions, one on the top and one on the bottom side edges, and that the remainder of the iPad Pro chassis design would stay the same as the iPad Pro 2021. Three significant updates are anticipated for the 2022 iPad Pro: wireless charging, an improved camera, and an M2 chip. Additionally, there were reports that Apple might include MagSafe charging on its tablets, much as it has done with the iPhone 13. Reverse wireless charging of iPads may be possible this year, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
The four-pin connections may be helpful for wireless charging or perhaps MagSafe chargers for the Pro, depending on what this means. Particularly with new wireless charging devices that could complement the iPad Pro’s bulk better. However, it is important to remember that the Mac’s MagSafe uses a five-pin connection.