The new iPhone 12 series could have a secret wireless feature to charge an external device like the upcoming AirPods and AirTags, a long-awaited Tile-like object tracker, according to reports Thursday.
Citing a series of US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filings first spotted by VentureBeat, the report states that the iPhone 12 “supports an integrated inductive charging transmitter and receiver.”
Apple has yet to officially announce such a feature.
“In addition to being able to be billed by a desktop WPT [wireless power transfer] charger (washer), iPhone 2020 models… also support WPT 360 kHz charging function to charge accessories, ”one of the documents reads.
The list includes iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
FCC documents state that “currently the only accessory that can be charged by iPhones is a potential external Apple accessory in the future” and that reverse charging currently “only occurs when the phone is connected to an AC outlet. “.
Apple has officially introduced MagSafe in the iPhone 12 series phones, offering high-power wireless charging and a whole new ecosystem of accessories that easily connect to the iPhone.
The MagSafe charger makes wireless charging simple. The perfectly aligned magnets attach to your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro and provide faster wireless charging up to 15W.
The MagSafe charger maintains compatibility with Qi charging, so it can be used to wirelessly charge your iPhone 8 or later, as well as AirPods models with a wireless charging case, just like you would with any charger Qi certified.
The magnetic alignment experiment only applies to iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models, according to Apple.