PowerDrop concept imagines iPhone-to-iPhone power-sharing with MagSafe
PowerDrop is a concept created by The Apple Post that imagines a new iPhone-to-iPhone bilateral power-sharing feature that would allow users to wirelessly transfer power from one iPhone to another, simply by facing the backs of both devices against each other.
The concept shows how users could request power from somebody nearby when their battery is running low, envisioning an AirDrop-style transfer process that would harness MagSafe on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.
Rumors have long suggested Apple may launch iPhone-to-iPhone power-sharing, with reports claiming iPhones already have the internal components for PowerDrop, but the feature has been disabled by Apple and is being held back by iOS.
Apple introduced MagSafe for iPhone with the iPhone 12. Inside the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro is a circular array of magnets, which allow users to magnetically attach the MagSafe Charger or other MagSafe accessories to the back of their device and charge them, without needing to plug their iPhone into power.
MagSafe could perfectly align two iPhones on top of one another when PowerDrop is initiated, ensuring they don’t slip out of position and stay securely centered on the device’s internal charging coil.
There’s no telling whether or not Apple will actually bring PowerDrop to the iPhone, but with the likes of Samsung already offering PowerShare on their Galaxy smartphones, which allows users to charge their Galaxy Watch or Galaxy Buds+ from the back of their device, in addition to the reports that suggest the hardware for iPhone-to-iPhone bilateral power-sharing is already present in the iPhone 11 and above, it’s not so far fetched to imagine we could see PowerDrop one day turn into reality.
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