Microsoft took to Reddit’s community yesterday to conduct an AMA where they spoke to members of the site in order to answer questions regarding its Surface Pro. During that time, they addressed the Surface Pro’s storage as well as its battery life, but they also may have hinted at plans to improve one of those two issues.
The Reddit AMA session was conducted by Microsoft’s Surface boss Panos Panay, and while he was asked a number of questions in regards to the Surface Pro, one user asked why the connector design for the Surface Pro and Surface RT were different from one another. Panay responded by saying “we haven’t announced what [the connectors] are for but they aren’t an accident. At launch we talked about the ‘accessory spine’ and hinted at future peripherals that can click in and do more. Those connectors look like can carry more current than the pogo pins, don’t they?”
In addition to that response, there was another exchange between a Reddit user and Panay that also suggests at a potential plan to improve the Surface Pro’s battery through an additional accessory:
Q: Does Microsoft have any plans for an external battery or for a thicker keyboard cover that has an extra battery? Or, if I want an external battery brick, is there a third party one I can buy that can be used with the surface.
A: 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…