More has been revealed on what’s in store for the iPhone this year. On top of there possibly having a triple camera setup for the iPhone XI, it's now revealed that Apple's iPhones in 2019 will have a two-way wireless charging feature that will allow the iPhone to charge other devices like the AirPods.
With the new Wireless Charging Case, users can essentially be able to charge any Qi-based device with their iPhone, as it will work as a wireless charger itself. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had confirmed in a report sent out to investors today, in which he previously mentioned the feature briefly in a February note.
According to Kuo, "Though the iPhone is not the first high-end smartphone to be equipped with two-way wireless charging, this new function could make it more convenient for users to charge the new AirPods and create a better integrated user experience of the iPhone and AirPods."
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.
Sounds familiar? That’s because it’s 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. This makes the Samsung Galaxy a pretty powerful tech to have at this point.