Two-Way Wireless Charging and Larger Batteries Coming to 2019 iPhones

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's 2019 iPhones are going to have a two-way wireless charging feature that will allow the iPhone to charge other devices like the AirPods, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo again confirmed in a report sent out to investors today.

    Kuo previously mentioned the feature briefly in a February note, and today he goes into a bit more depth about the suppliers who will benefit from the feature.

    Two-way wireless charging as demonstrated in the Galaxy S10+​

    Two-way wireless charging, or bilateral charging, will let the Qi-based iPhones coming in 2019 charge another iPhone or the new AirPods with Wireless Charging Case. You'll essentially be able to charge any Qi-based device with your iPhone, as it will work as a wireless charger itself. From Kuo:
    This is a feature that Samsung has already debuted in its 2019 Galaxy smartphones, and in those devices, it's known as Wireless PowerShare. Wireless PowerShare allows the 2019 Galaxy smartphones to charge other Qi-based accessories, including the iPhone.

    According to Kuo, suppliers such as Compeq (will supply battery boards) and STMicro (will supply two-way wireless charging controller) stand to benefit from Apple's inclusion of two-way wireless charging as it will increase the average selling price of key components.

    To accommodate two-way wireless charging, Kuo believes battery boards included in 2019 iPhones will increase in size, as will battery pack capacity. Kuo says that battery capacities for the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max successor could increase by 10 to 15 percent, while the battery capacity of the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone XS successor could grow by 20 to 25 percent. The iPhone XR successor isn't expected to see much of a gain, though, with Kuo predicting growth of 0 to 5 percent.

    Article Link: Two-Way Wireless Charging and Larger Batteries Coming to 2019 iPhones
  2. ipedro macrumors 601


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    Let me propose a name for the feature: Since there are no wires and power goes through thin air...let’s call it... wait for it... “AirPower”. Brilliant huh?
  3. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    This could be pretty cool. Charge your iPhone on a qi charger overnight, and put your AirPods on top.
  4. Kaibelf Suspended


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    I wonder if they can work it to be a watch charger as well. That might be handy for travelers as the cable is a little annoying. Also, only some Qi chargers work with some series of the watches, so it's kind of a mess.
  5. Damtoft macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2010
  6. BarrettF77 macrumors 6502


    May 24, 2015
    Let me propose we stop posing the same story over and over again like we did with Airpower.

    That was wrong, this is just a guess and we don't need to be told 8 times it's coming but from someone else. I think everyone is burned out from the results after airpower. Apple has a long way to go before regaining a lot of our confidence in things.
  7. cmaier Suspended

    Jul 25, 2007
  8. Fynd macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2010
    Hopefully the Apple Watch Series 5 gives up on whatever proprietary stuff is going on and supports basic Qi charging so this works with it. Much more useful than the AirPod scenario.
  9. Spongmincer macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2018
    This would be brilliant.
  10. madmax14304 macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2011
    That'd be awesome. set my watch on top of my iPhone while I'm in the shower. No stupid proprietary charging puck.
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    That's what I am hoping for too. Then all the people who are flocking to Nomad to order their "Apple Watch" edition Qi charger will have a worthless charger. I am thinking of getting the non-Apple Watch version with the hopes they adopt the normal Qi Standard.
  11. alexandr macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2005
    what i would love is if they built wireless chargers into macbooks.
  12. ipedro macrumors 601


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    Charging a Watch and AirPods are really the only real practical use for this. Charging another phone would be too wasteful with a minimum of 40% of the charge being lost if this anything like Qi. A Watch and AirPods can be given a useful charge pretty quickly. Another phone, not so much.
  13. kanki1985 macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2013
    So what happens when you put 2 iPhone11's back to back?
  14. archer75 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2005
    It's the equivalent of crossing the streams. Never ever cross the streams!
  15. darknite38 macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2010
    haha what a quirky question!! i'm sure they will just overheat until the battery explodes!! howcome the apple engineers didn't think of this one??
  16. MacFan23 macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2010
    I don't think this would work as the coils on the back of the phone will need to be unobstructed by the display, meaning the back of the iPhone will need to be in contact with the Qi charger and unavailable for AirPods to sit on top.

    Although plugging the iPhone in and resting the AirPods on top would forgo the need for a standalone Qi charger.
  17. NMBob macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2007
    New Mexico
    Might as well. They don't seem to have any other plans for those coils.
  18. chrisdazzo macrumors 6502a


    Apr 11, 2006
    Ideally, you'd see a prompt from the face-up phone (via light sensor) asking whether you'd like to charge or be charged.
  19. UnusedLoginID macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2012
    And then complain (again) that your iPhone is not holding a charge.

    When iPhones will have twice the battery life, then let them charge watches, AirPods,…

    On the other hand, that is a clever April Fool Day trick…
  20. AngerDanger, Apr 1, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2019

    AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    There's just something wrong with that image.

    One can only imagine the freak crossbreed that would emerge 9 months later…

  21. jerryk, Apr 1, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2019

    jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area

    When 2 iPhone 11s like each other they get together in a special hug. And in 6 months you get an iPhone SE.
  22. bbednarz macrumors 65816


    Nov 16, 2017
    You are currently on a rumor site. They are going to post rumors.
  23. Analog Kid macrumors 601

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    So, what's the efficiency of these wireless power systems? Doesn't matter much when plugged into the wall, but it seems like it'll be a bigger deal if we're using our already limited power reserves to charge something else...

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