Huawei was the first company to introduce reverse wireless charging with its smartphones. Although what seemed like a gimmick, the applications for bilateral charging has come on to a very interesting point. Today, we have truly wireless headphones being offered from all major manufacturers. Their charging cases now support wireless charging and these phones can charge those cases. This integration is perhaps one of the most innovative applications of the system.
Apple has been pretty slow to the party. The company, although has wireless charging on its phones and on the AirPods, there is no sign of bilateral charging. There were rumours that Apple was going for it on the iPhone 11 but FCC listings showed that it was an incomplete system. Now though, there have reported that FCC listings on the iPhone 12 reveal that there is hardware for the reverse charging. A tweet from 9to5Mac sheds more light on it.
— 9to5Mac.com (@9to5mac) October 28, 2020
The report has information on the MagSafe and that there is potential or a feature for charging function for 360 kHz charging. This is for wireless accessories, of course. Now, there has been no mention of this feature on the Apple website. Nor was there any mention of it during the event centred around the iPhone 12 cameras and 5G.
Perhaps, this is a hidden feature on purpose. The company is set to launch the next generation of AirPods Pro and AirPods and we may see them advertising the feature along with their launch. That would be a good strategy as this would make it, for some users, a buying feature of not only the AirPods but the devices as well!