According to the report by VentureBeat, Apple iPhone 12 series has the ability to wirelessly charge an external accessory. According to the latest FCC listings the new iPhones “supports a built-in inductive charging transmitter and receiver.” Apple has not officially announced any such functionality on new iPhones and might be able to charge future AirPods and Airtags.
According to the lists – a series of FCC IDs of iPhones with the new feature, which include the the iPhone 12 mini (BCG-E3539A), iPhone 12 (BCG-E3542A), iPhone 12 Pro (BCG-E3545A), and iPhone 12 Pro Max (BCG-E3548A). The maximum reverse wireless charging is listed as 5W that is more than enough to charge airpods and new rumored Airtags.
If this FCC filing is any indication, the iPhone 12 may have a hidden reverse charging feature. Perhaps MagSafe on the new AirPods? https://t.co/QhFQtOgoRB https://t.co/OAKzzb5U3B pic.twitter.com/pqAVcjLCyN— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) October 28, 2020
It is being speculated that since the hardware support exists, Apple might just bring this feature by enabling it at some point via a software update.