Apple is purportedly working on a magnetically attached battery pack for the iPhone 12 line-up, a MagSafe accessory that would wirelessly charge the phone. Now leaker Jon Prosser said on his Genius Bar podcast that one version of the battery pack will feature “reverse charging.”
He does provide any details, but says that at least one version (a more expensive one, no doubt) of a battery pack could charge an iPhone on one side and an accessory such as an Apple Watch, AirPods, or AirPods Pro on the other side. The Sellers Research Group thinks there’s a 90% chance this rumor is true.
It makes sense that Apple is working on a battery pack, which would offer another source of revenue. And adding reverse charging to a high-end model seems a viable option.
Apple says that MagSafe “improves wireless charging for a better, more efficient experience and introduces an ecosystem of easy-to-attach accessories that beautifully complement iPhone 12 Pro models.” It features an array of magnets around the wireless charging coil that connect to the iPhone and provide up to 15W of power while still accommodating existing Qi-enabled devices.