Nikkei Dubiously Says AirPods Charging Case 'Will Soon Be Able' to Wirelessly Charge an iPhone

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    An upcoming version of the AirPods charging case will be able to wirelessly charge a compatible iPhone, according to Nikkei Asian Review, although proceed with skepticism, as there's a good chance the report is off the mark.


    The first paragraph from Cheng Ting-Fang and Lauly Li, in a report titled "Apple to unveil iPhone wireless charging with AirPods":
    The report claims the charging case could be available as soon as the end of this year, although the timeframe is subject to change.

    The report adds:
    It's not entirely clear if the report is referring to the same AirPods charging case that Apple previewed alongside the iPhone X last year. Apple said that optional accessory will be released in 2018 alongside its AirPower charging mat.

    All in all, it's a rather strange report that inspires a lot of questions. Would a user hold or lay their iPhone against the AirPods charging case? The case's current floss-container-like design means that the iPhone would need to be precisely balanced on top of it, if not held together in your hands.

    In addition, the AirPods case is and will likely remain too small to adequately charge the latest iPhones. The battery in the current case has a capacity of 398 mAh, roughly 14.6 percent of the iPhone X's battery capacity of 2,716 mAh, limiting its usefulness to emergency or must-have situations.

    Is the report backwards? Is it possible some iPhones will be able to wirelessly transfer power to the AirPods charging case on the go? Or, more likely, is the report simply mistranslating the fact that the latest iPhones and the AirPods charging case will be compatible with the AirPower charging mat?

    At this point, all we know for certain is that Apple will release both its AirPower charging mat and optional AirPods charging case later this year. According to the reliable Mark Gurman, Apple is aiming to release the AirPower by September, so there's a good chance it'll launch alongside the next iPhones.

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  2. macsrcool1234 macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    I imagine the battery is too small to make a huge difference. Also, what if users don't want to charge their phone - will just having them touch cause it to happen?

    Calling this report bs - it just doesn't make much sense.
  3. zilba25 macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2016
    It would make more sense to me to charge the AirPods with my iPhone than the other way around.
  4. kimmen macrumors member


    Sep 15, 2016
    I'm certain something got lost in translation here...
    I'm sure they mean that the charging mat delivered with the airPod-case will also be able to charge an iPhone.
  5. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Think it's actually a good idea, lets say you are on the road, you have your iPhone and your Airpods with you, you are running on empty but need to make an important call or whatever, if the battery in the case is big enough it could easily charge the iPhone for another hour or more.
  6. iTundra macrumors member


    Oct 12, 2011
    Induction charging is bi-directional so theoretically it could go either way; AirPods charge iPhone or iPhone charge AirPods. Just tell them which one is doing what.

    If your iPhone dies and you need to make a call you can likely get at least enough charge from the AirPods to make a couple of calls or send/receive some texts or run GPS for a few seconds.
  7. Winter Charm macrumors 6502a

    Winter Charm

    Jul 31, 2008
    This is extremely dubious. The AirPods case battery is less than 200mAh... the smallest iPhone battery (in the SE) is 1624 mAh. Induction charging also carries with it a significant inefficiency, so you might only see *half* that charge on the phone (meaning ~ 100mAh, or less than 10% battery)

    In no world would it make sense to have the AirPod case charge an iPhone. Dumb rumor. Either they got it backwards, or this is pure bs.
  8. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Or it will be a new "mat", i.e. extra reason to buy AirPods if you have an iPhone 8/X (and Watch 3)
  9. Winter Charm macrumors 6502a

    Winter Charm

    Jul 31, 2008
    This is such an edge case that it would hardly matter.
  10. Ralfi macrumors 68030


    Dec 22, 2016
    This is the type of tech convergence that I like.

    Often I've thought how handy it'd be if the lid of my iPad case could somehow wirelessly charge devices.

    Whether it's true or not, it's smart thinking imo, & will help promote wireless charging.
  11. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

    Feb 5, 2008
    NYC - Manhattan
  12. syan48306 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 15, 2010
    It's got to be something like that. I can't imagine the air pods charging case will be able to substantially charge the iPhone X battery in any way.
  13. Erasmus macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    Hiding from Omnius in Australia
    Is nobody else reading this that you might be able to charge your iPhone via induction while your AirPods charge via mains power?

    Seems practical to me, or vice versa, as long as one of the two devices is getting power directly.
  14. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.

    Bold: Built in a higher capacity battery maybe....
  15. danielchow macrumors member


    Aug 11, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    Perhaps it was lost in translation as it traveled down the rumour lanes?
  16. Craiger macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2007
    Oh nice thinking!
  17. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    The increase in case size to hold a battery sufficient enough to not only charge an iPhone, but wirelessly charge an iPhone... that is a big, heavy case that would completely negate the compact portability of the AirPods.

    Imo, that report is just the result of a bad Google Translate.
  18. HiVolt macrumors 6502a


    Sep 29, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    LOL, "as soon as the end of this year" isn't soon at all. What a bunch of hogwash.
  19. KJL3000 macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2010
    Charging the iPhone with the AirPod case...? What?
  20. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Practical how? Wireless charging is already less efficient. It would make little sense to charge your phone through the AirPod case when, in your scenario, you have a charging cable right there hypothetically charging the AirPod case. That makes no sense at all. Reading the original article it seems pretty obvious they've confused info about the charging mat with info about the charging case.

    Also, you can't start introducing your own theory into an already shaky rumor. There's nothing that says anything about the iPhone being able to charge the AirPod case. So no vice versa.
  21. shadowmatt macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2005
    How long to produce a wireless charging mat? Simple Chinese no label manufactures worked it out years ago.
  22. slimtastic Suspended


    May 17, 2018
    Your Mother's Bedroom
    Either someone is trolling, or this got lost in translation. I believe they probably meant "soon, you will be able to charge your AirPods and iPhone from a wireless charging mat" lol. Meaning they might launch soon.
  23. Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
    I doesn’t matter what the truth is, a certain portion of the readers here will take anything—untrue or not, to feed their negative bent.
  24. Baymowe335 macrumors 601

    Oct 6, 2017
    Nikkei is consistently wrong about supply chain, iPhone demand and pretty much everything I've read from them in Apple, so question accordingly.
  25. e-coli macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2002
    You’d get a wireless charging mat with air pods?

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