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Just recently, the Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo discovered that the next iPhone in 2019 will come with bilateral wireless charging. This feature, which is available in the Samsung Galaxy S10, enables an iPhone to charge another iPhone or Qi-enabled devices. Here’s what we know about this rumor.
A note from today had evidence from Kuo stating that,
We expect the new 2H19 iPhone models will support two-way wireless charging. 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.
According to the quote, Kuo is saying that the 2019 iPhone is going to have dual wireless charging, although Samsung is the first company to add this to their phones. Samsung named this feature as “PowerShare”, which enables you to charge a Qi-supported device atop of the back of their new Galaxy S10. Also, the new Samsung Galaxy S10 can charge an iPhone X!
Kuo also meant that the new wireless charging case for the AirPods 2 compliments the bilateral charging feature for the future iPhones of 2019. Samsung did the same with their Galaxy Buds, although they’re similar to the AirPods but has a different design.
Therefore, Kuo has contacted two suppliers, Compeq and STMicro. They’ll be supplying battery boards and the charging controllers for the next iPhone later this year. The key component cost will slightly increase once this change is in effect.