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iPhone xiii could finally get opposite wireless charging

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Wireless charging has been a part of Apple tree’s mobile arsenal since 2017, but information technology could go its offset significant upgrade since then with the iPhone thirteen.

That’s according to the latest video from EverythingApplePro
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with a rumor that the iPhone xiii models will ship with a “slightly bigger” wireless charging ringlet. This, in plough, could be used to enable reverse wireless charging in the new telephone, although that claim should be treated with a degree of skepticism.

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The video notes that the most likely reason for the bigger coil would be to compensate for stronger MagSafe magnets, or to better deal with estrus management and higher wattages. But it likewise does tease another possibility, namely reverse wireless charging.

Opposite wireless charging is exactly what information technology sounds like, and is a feature that first went mainstream in Android with the Samsung Milky way S10. When enabled, the back of your phone becomes a wireless charging pad, letting you sacrifice a bit of your phone battery to charge some other compatible device. Typically, the devices you’d desire to charge would have far smaller batteries (think truthful wireless earbuds or smartwatches) so you wouldn’t lose too much of your telephone’s precious juice in the process.

For Apple, information technology would certainly exist an highly-seasoned feature, potentially offering an extra style of topping up both AirPods and the Apple tree Lookout man — the latter of which has more strain than always on its limited battery thanks to the introduction of sleep tracking in watchOS 7.

Nosotros know that Apple has been thinking along these lines. Indeed, a patent published last year revealed that the iPhone 12 might actually take reverse wireless charging congenital in already, just disabled for regular users. That’s probably a smart motion, given the significant ability drain such a feature requires and the weak battery ability of the iPhone 12 family of handsets.

Withal, an upgraded battery is something nosotros believe will exist coming with the iPhone 13 — and that in plough makes information technology much more likely that this charging tech might be introduced with the next generation of Apple tree devices.

That said, “might” should still come up underlined hither, as even Weinbach doesn’t seem sure on this point. At the point in the video where the wireless charging coils are discussed (two minutes in, if yous want to check for yourself), the straight quote at the lesser of the screen reads: “could too exist for reverse wireless charging simply not confirmed there.”

Information technology’s also worth noting that some other well-continued source, Bloomberg’southward Marking Gurman, claimed that opposite wireless charging is “unlikely in the near future” as recently as February.

We’ll probably know for sure in September when, if recent form is anything to go by, Tim Cook will officially unveil the iPhone 13. Unless it’due south the iPhone 12s for superstitious reasons.

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Freelance contributor Alan has been writing nigh tech for over a decade, covering phones, drones and everything in between. Previously Deputy Editor of tech site Alphr, his words are constitute all over the web and in the occasional mag too. When not weighing upwards the pros and cons of the latest smartwatch, you’ll probably find him tackling his e’er-growing games backlog. Or, more than likely, playing Spelunky for the millionth time.