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5G iPhone 12 series might have hidden feature that allows Apple to match Huawei and Samsung

Reverse wireless charging debuted on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It allows the owner of a phone to share some of his or her phone’s battery life with some poor unfortunate person whose phone, smartwatch, or wireless earbuds are low on power. The phone sharing its battery is placed front-side down and the backside is used as a wireless charging pad with the back of the recipient phone connected to the back of the phone giving up some of its battery life.
Samsung has a similar feature that it calls Wireless PowerShare. And while it is useful for those desperately in need of some juice, it is not so great for the donor phone. After all, the power being shared has to come from somewhere and the donor phone will see its remaining battery life decline.
Throughout last year, there was constant chatter about the possibility that Apple would include the feature on the iPhone 11 Pro series, but that was not to be the case. Tipster Sonny Dickson gave iPhone users a brief moment of hope when he was told by “reliable sources” that the hardware for reverse wireless charging might have been spotted indeed the iPhone 11 series but was software disabled. Thus, iPhone users who wanted the feature hoped that a software update would enable it. But as it turned out, what appeared to be a circuit board for reverse wireless charging was actually something else. The iPhone 11 Pro showed some signs of having a reverse wireless charging system, but it was not complete.

The FCC’s report for the iPhone 12 series show that it charges wirelessly using a Qi system with a “charging function at 360 kHz.” Apple never mentioned this when it unveiled its new phones and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman tweeted that Apple might have a hidden reverse wireless charging feature that will work with the new AirPods through the MagSafe magnetic wireless charging system. The AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro 2 are expected to be released next year. The former could be available next March with the latter arriving during the second half of 2021.

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