Based on the FCC filings (US Federal Communications Commission), Apple’s recently released iPhone 12 series may be hiding reverse wireless charging like some of its Android rivals.
According to GSMArena, this feature was rumored to appear with the iPhone 11, but then Apple removed it in the final testing phase. A change from last year shows that not all of the required hardware is available.
But this year, the iPhone 12 looks set to make a difference, as it contains the hardware needed to wirelessly charge an accessory. Of course, Apple hasn’t mentioned anything about the feature yet and it doesn’t currently work in any way. Rumors suggest that Apple will likely activate it when the AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro 2 arrive.
it was also possible for some reason that the functionality did not meet Apple’s requirements, leading to its malfunctioning at the end of the product launch. If that’s the case, we probably won’t get reverse wireless charging on iPhones until the 2021 generations. The modest battery capacity of the iPhone 12 series means users will have to sacrifice a lot of endurance if they charge the AirPods that way.