For months we listen to the drum again and again in our heads; The new Apple iPhone 2019 would have had reverse wireless charging. Offered for the first time in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro (which claimed that smartphone innovation is dead, just moved to China), reverse wireless charging allows phone owners to use the back panel of their phone as a platform for wireless charging Compatible devices can be placed on the back of the phone and charge the battery. The battery in the host phone shares part of its energy with the charging device.
Like John Q. Public, Johnny Appleseed or whatever you prefer to call the average American, he only knows Huawei because of the Wanted posters published in your local post office, this feature probably escaped your attention at first. But Samsung has brought reverse wireless charging (or bilateral wireless charging if you prefer) to the states with the Samsung Galaxy S10 line, calling it Wireless PowerShare. And there were many reasons to believe that wireless reverse charging was coming on the new iPhone. In fact, in April, Apple’s trusted analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, said that Apple planned to resize its battery capacity on its 2019 phones so iPhone users could save some extra juice for charge the charging case. Wireless AirPods, an Apple Watch or a compatible phone device. Kuo was right about increasing battery capacity and his report the day before Apple introduced the new models, he warned everyone that reverse wireless charging would not be available for the 2019 iPhones.
Will Apple allow wireless reverse charging on new iPhone models?
A couple of days after the presentation of iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, informant Sonny Dickson sent a very interesting tweet. Reliable sources have told him that the hardware for the inverse wireless recharge is found inside the new phones, but it is “software disabled”. This created hope among iPhone fans that the feature could be enabled through a software update. And this seems to be the case after the dismantling of iFixit from the three phones which revealed that each of the units contains a mysterious plate under the battery. Furthermore, there is a secondary battery connector never seen before on any previous iPhone model. It is connected adjacent to the wireless charging coil. According to iFixit, this hardware could support bilateral wireless charging; In that case, it can probably be enabled with a software update.
It is not clear how many people actually use the reverse wireless charging feature on their phone. Earlier this year, Samsung interviewed 6,500 Europeans and found that 35% would rather have a fully charged battery in their phone than receive money. 72% said they would share the battery life with a family member, 62% would do it with a friend or partner and only 14% would help a total stranger. On the other side of the story, 62% said they would buy a cup of coffee from a stranger in exchange for battery life.
It is possible that the mysterious hardware has nothing to do with reverse wireless charging
To be clear, Apple didn’t mention reverse wireless charging at the event of the new product a couple of weeks ago. The company could simply decide to let it go so that iPhone users can enjoy the improved battery life on new models without the feeling of having to share it with others. The iPhone 11 offers up to an additional hour of battery life compared to the iPhone XR; The iPhone 11 Pro will run for up to four hours more on a single charge than the iPhone XS and the iPhone 11 Pro Max battery will last up to five hours longer than the iPhone XS Max battery.
There is also the possibility that what iFixit has discovered has nothing to do with reverse wireless charging. Today Apple has published a new support page that mentions a hardware and software system that manages the battery on the new iPhones. With the aging of the battery inside the phones, “performance is managed so that it can address these needs in real-time. The system is more advanced than previous iPhone battery and power management systems and allows your iPhone to reduce performance impacts from battery aging“. It could be that what happens as two-way wireless charging hardware is actually part of this battery monitoring system.
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