Apple has reportedly canceled plans to add a feature to the iPhone 13, similar to Samsung’s PowerShare. The feature would have allowed users to charge devices such as AirPods wirelessly through the phone’s internal battery.
According to Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, Apple has internally discussed a goal to allow many of its mobile devices such as Apple Watches, AirPods and iPhones to charge each other, but that functionality is unlikely in the near future. For 2019 iPhones, Apple planned, but canceled, a feature that allows users to charge AirPods on the back of the phone. “
Unlike previous iPhone battery extensions, this would not be a case. It would just be a battery, covered by a white rubber exterior, that would keep the phone and other accessories wireless on top.
According to internal tests, the battery pack managed to stay in place. However, development has stopped due to an error indicating that the package is overheated, when in fact it is not.
Of course, just because a product is reportedly under development at Apple does not indicate an actual release. In 2017, Apple announced the AirPower mat that could charge multiple devices simultaneously. The mat was eventually canceled due to overheating problems.
When it comes to wireless charging and MagSafe, that seems to be the future Apple is looking at. Rumors have already surfaced about MagSafe appearing on MacBooks in 2021. And if a portless iPhone 13 is ever to achieve, as has also been rumored, MagSafe will be the only way to keep the phone charged.