Bloomberg: iPhone reverse charging isn't likely to happen any time soon

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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.

Apple has also internally discussed a goal of letting many of its mobile devices like Apple Watches, AirPods, and iPhones charge each other, but that functionality is unlikely in the near future. For the 2019 iPhones, Apple planned, but canceled, a feature that would let users charge AirPods on the back of the phone.

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.

Apple's MagSafe technology is expected to make its way to several more products over the next year. The company plans to add it to redesigned MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs coming this year, Bloomberg News has reported. On the Mac, the feature means any accidental yanking of the power cable would simply detach it from the laptop rather than pull down the entire computer.

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.

Oliver Haslam

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.