Apple’s next iPhone could include a feature to allow users to charge other devices with their smartphone, in a feature which would include Integrated Device Technology’s Wireless PowerShare, a feature from the recent Samsung Galaxy S10 flagship.
According to Japanese site Mac Otakara, unnamed sources within Apple’s Chinese supply chain claim this wireless sharing technology is coming to the next iPhone, said to be able to charge an Apple Watch.
Other tidbits shared by supply chain sources detail the Lightning connector will remain, but support faster wired charging. The so-called C94 Lightning connector, bundled with an Apple supplied USB-C to Lightning cable in the box, will enable 18W fast charging via USB Power Delivery.
This doesn’t mean Apple will include an 18W AC adapter found bundled with iPad Pro models, as last month Mac Otakara claimed the sad 5W AC adapter will reportedly remain for 2019.
According to TF International Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, he predicted last month Apple’s next-generation iPhone models will be able to wirelessly charge other devices, as part of a new feature set.
Last week, Apple launched new AirPods 2, with an optional Wireless Charging Case. Being able to refuel the AirPods wireless charging case or Apple Watch from your iPhone would be a very useful feature.