iPhone 12 Models Might Support Reverse Charging of Future Apple Accessories According to FCC Filing

iPhone 12 models could have an inactive wireless charging feature for accessories, according to an FCC filing discovered by VentureBeat's Jeremy Horwitz.

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In the filing, Apple said that 2020 iPhones support a wireless charging function that will seemingly be enabled for at least one future Apple accessory:

In addition to being able to be charged by a desktop WPT charger (puck), 2020 iPhones also support WPT charging function at 360 kHz to charge accessories. Currently the only accessory that can be charged by iPhones is an external potential apple accessory in future.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman speculated that one of these accessories could be new AirPods with MagSafe support, which could allow the AirPods case to magnetically attach and charge on the back of iPhone 12 models. It would also be reasonable if Apple's long-awaited AirTags item trackers were able to be charged on the back of an iPhone 12.

Two-way charging was a feature rumored for the iPhone 11 lineup in 2019, but Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo later said the feature was possibly abandoned because "the charging efficiency may not meet Apple's requirements."

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Top Rated Comments

dapa0s Avatar
48 months ago
Ugh, the battery is bad enough already.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LongWayHome Avatar
48 months ago
Unfortunatley, this would have been a killer feature for the 11 Pro Max. Nothing can kill that phone's battery.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Populus Avatar
48 months ago
It might be for the AirTags
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thadoggfather Avatar
48 months ago

Ugh, the battery is bad enough already.
its really not imo. Set up the device as new or try another. It's been great for me.

And this would be optional, assuming it ever sees the light. Doesn't mean you have to re-charge your AirPods case to 100%, just if its dead and your AirPods are too.

Also - Ghostly is a sweet label

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This would be a sweet feature add with an iOS update for those times you need more juice on the go
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
and 1989 others Avatar
48 months ago
The charging debacle continues..... in my day everything was charged with a cable in about an hour. No speed fluctuations. No magnets. And it happened straight out of the box.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thelookingglass Avatar
48 months ago

MagSafe 2.0, requiring new iPhone and also new charger. Because of the environment. /s
You know, it's unfortunate that Apple's moves lately make people so cynical. But, some of the decisions really are puzzling. I get that they can get away with it, but still seems like horrible PR.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)