What you need to know
- Apple is rumored to be working on a MagSafe battery pack for iPhone.
- A new leak claims it could feature reverse charging for accessories like AirPods.
Serial Apple leaker Jon Prosser made the revelation on his 'Genius Bar' podcast. From Tom's Guide:
The news follows multiple reports Apple is working on its own wireless battery pack for MagSafe, following successful iterations from third-party accessory makers. In February, it was noted that code in the latest iOS 14 beta points to an unreleased 'battery pack' for charging the iPhone. The news was later reported again by Bloomberg, stating Apple may still drop the project. From that report:
Whilst the iPhone's MagSafe array can hold the pack in place, there are development issues including iOS erroneously indicating the pack is overheating. If Prosser's latest report is true, a MagSafe battery pack of the future could not only charge your iPhone but draw power from it too, possibly to aid charging your AirPods.
Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.
OK, but that isn't reverse charging. That's just Qi charging on both sides of what is supposed to be a charger. Reverse charging is when a device like an iPhone, which generally is something you charge, can be used to charge something else.
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