Reversible wireless charging was introduced with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro in 2018, quickly becoming a commodity appreciated by users for, for example, charging Bluetooth headsets, or smartwatch in case of need.
According to a publication by the US agency FCC, the federal telecommunications regulator, Apple’s new iPhone 12 could also give users this option. The means for this exist, but the function will have been disabled by Apple.
Apple will have disabled reversible charging on iPhone 12
Samsung has also embraced this feature on its Wireless PowerShare, useful for sharing some energy with other smartphones and various gadgets. In practice, the smartphone becomes a donor of energy and its battery will decrease.
However, in the past year several rumors circulated that touched on this possibility for the Apple iPhone 11, especially for the Pro models. Something that would eventually not materialize and, again, the rumors would end up being silenced.
More recently, in 2020, during the months leading up to the presentation of the Apple iPhone 12, the same hypothesis would be advanced. At the same time, it was suggested that in the iPhone 11 range, reversible charging had been disabled via software, something that would be denied.
IPhone 12 may have reversible wireless charging
The report by the American agency points to the presence of wireless charging using the Qi system, more specifically with a “360 kHz charging function”. So far Apple has not mentioned the subject, nor should it do so anytime soon.
Still, according to Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurnman, Apple may be saving this feature for future accessories and gadgets. Furthermore, its introduction can accompany the next generation of AirPods, already with MagSafe.
This hypothesis would be frankly useful for users who would be able to charge AirPods via iPhone 12. That is, it would be enough to put the box of Apple Bluetooth headsets on the back of the smartphone to receive some charge.
So far we have no concrete data on AirPods 3, or AirPods Pro 2, but we expect them to arrive in March at the spring event, or during the second half of 2021.
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