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Apple is still working on bringing reverse charging to iPhones

Apple is still working on bringing reverse charging to iPhones.


Using your smartphone as a portable charger isn’t exactly new. This feature is now supported by a wide range of Android phones, however not necessarily high-end. Yet this feature is not yet available on Apple iPhones.


According to new rumors, Apple is still working to fill this gap compared to its competitors. The specialized site 9to5Mac has learned from informed sources that Apple had planned to introduce reverse wireless charging for the first time on its new iPhone 14 Pro. As is evident, the deadline has not been met.

Cupertino engineers would still be working on the feature. Tomorrow the next generation iPhones will also support so-called bilateral wireless charging . In short, it will be possible to use induction charging to recharge the iPhone, as it is already possible to do now, but the novelty is that it will also be possible to use the iPhone as a sort of portable charger for other accessories. For example, it will be possible to place the Apple Watch or the AirPods case on the back of the phone to recharge the two devices.

Importantly, iPhones have already had at least some of the hardware components needed for reverse wireless charging for several years now. The necessary components are, for example, present on the iPhone 12, but the function has never been activated at the software level. After all, the MagSafe Battery Pack works like this: after you magnetically attach the extra battery and plug the Lightning cable into a charging socket, the iPhone will begin wirelessly charging the battery. This is obviously a case of reverse charging.


The full implementation of reverse wireless charging would allow the iPhone to charge any Qi- compatible accessory . For Apple users, one of the most relevant use cases of this feature would be to charge the AirPods. If the iPhone supported two-sided wireless charging, it would be possible to charge AirPods by simply placing them on the back of the phone.

Introducing this long-requested feature from customers is one of Apple’s priorities. However, we do not know from what date it could become available. It’s not even clear if it will be exclusive to the next iPhones or if Apple intends to make it available on previous models too, thanks to a software update.


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