iPhone 12 secretly supports reverse wireless charging

The news: The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro secretly support reverse wireless charging, according to a new FCC filing.

  • MagSafe appears to enable wireless charging for small accessories placed on the back of all iPhone 12 models, and could be enabled through a future software update
  • The feature may work with a new version of AirPods expected to release in 2021
  • Reverse wireless charging was initially rumored for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro last year

Our take: I can see it now: new AirPods next year will boast reverse wireless charging on only the new iPhones. Of course, all of this is meaningless if Apple never enables it through software. But hardware wise, it appears the functionality is present!