MacRumors reports that reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple’s 2019 iPhones will add support for two-way (bilateral) wireless charging. The analyst made the claim in a report that he sent out to investors on Monday.
In regards to the rumored feature, bilateral wireless charging means that users will be able to place wireless charging-enabled devices on the back of their iPhone. The iPhone will then have the ability to distribute power to that device via wireless charging. For example, users can charge their AirPods or even iPhones through bilateral wireless charging, since both devices are equipped with the wireless charging feature.
“We expect the new 2H19 iPhone models will support two-way wireless charging,” Kuo stated in his note. “Though the iPhone is not the first high-end smartphone to be equipped with two-way wireless charging, this new function could make it more convenient for users to charge the new AirPods and create a better integrated user experience of the iPhone and AirPods.”
Samsung’s latest Galaxy S10 debuted the support for two-way wireless charging, and Samsung claims that users can charge Qi-enabled devices, including the iPhone. Additionally, in order to support the bilateral charging feature, Kuo says that iPhone battery sizes will essentially increase. The analyst predicts that the 5.8-inch iPhone battery will grow between 20 and 25 percent and the 6.5-inch by about 10 and 15 percent. Meanwhile, Kuo predicts the 6.1-inch iPhone XR battery will increase by just about zero to five percent.
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