Microsoft’s Panos Panay, of the company’s Surface Windows 8 Pro Engineering Team is engaging in a Reddit AMA today, and some of what he’s had to say seems to suggest that Microsoft might be interested in releasing an enhanced version of the touch or type covers, packing in an extra battery to help extend the tablet’s useful life per charge.
Unlike the Surface RT, the Windows 8 Pro version adds in some extra connectors where its cover attaches. These large-surface-area contacts are just the kind you’d associate with carrying power, rather than data. In the AMA, one users asked Panay about the possibility for seeing Microsoft release a cover with an extra battery. He responded, “that would require extending the design of the accessory spine to include some way to transfer higher current between the peripheral and the main battery. Which we did…”
While Panay didn’t quite go so far as to confirm such plans, his phrasing there definitely leaves us with the impression that this this is something Microsoft is seriously considering. After all, why go to the trouble of enhancing the connector’s functionality if you’re not going to take advantage of it?
Sadly, any accessory like this would almost certainly be Pro-only, as the RT just doesn’t have the connectors to support this sort of thing.