What you need to know
- Apple isn't likely to launch an iPhone with reverse wireless charging in the "near future" according to Bloomberg.
- Apple has been looking into it, however.
Apple's plans to bring reverse wireless charging might not come to fruition any time soon. That's according to a new report by Bloomberg.
According to the well-connected Mark Gurman, Apple has been looking at bringing such a feature to iPhones but it isn't looking likely to ship it anytime soon. Bad news for AirPods fans.
Some had hoped that reverse wireless charging, combined with MagSafe, would allow us to wirelessly charge AirPods on the back of future iPhones. And while that might not happen soon, Apple is at least looking at expanding its use of MagSafe.
As is always the case with these kinds of reports, Apple's plans can and do change. We only have to look a the many false starts AirTags have experienced to know that Apple's bigwigs are not immune from a change of heart. Hopefully they come to their senses in terms of reverse wireless charging.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.