Apple is reportedly pursuing the development of reverse wireless charging for the iPhone
Will Apple ever unveil its own wireless reverse charging technology? While its Android competitors have a head start, the Cupertino company is still on the go and is developing software solutions for the arrival of the standard, according to several internal sources relayed by 9to5Mac.
Firmware in development
Expected with the iPhone 11 in 2019, reverse wireless charging has still not been exploited by Apple four years later. Rescheduled for release in 2022 with the launch of the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, the feature was not finalized in time, insiders claim. Technically, iPhones have some of the hardware necessary for reverse wireless charging from the iPhone 12, according to multiple statements from Apple to the Federal Communications Commission, the US regulator of new technologies.
Internally, Apple today would develop a unique firmware named “wireless power out” (wireless power transmission in French) in order to support the standard for all devices compatible with the Qi standard. At the same time, testing and engineering would be underway on the hardware to ensure system performance. Engineers would specifically focus on managing charging speeds between the iPhone and another device, including charging efficiency and the heat generated in the process.
A (still) delayed release?
Finally, a clean and accessible interface, as Apple knows how to develop them, would be being created to allow the user to manage reverse charging. Animations and a sound effect would thus be introduced in iOS. On the calendar side, the firm’s plans seem complex to accomplish before the release of the iPhone 15. The new standard could see the light of day in the next few years or be completely abandoned in the event of repeated failures, according to internal sources at the fruitful business.
However, Apple already partly masters wireless reverse charging. It is possible to recharge the MagSafe external battery directly with your iPhone when it is plugged into the mains. A technology that the engineers would not have chosen to adopt for their project.