Apple looking into PowerDrop-style reverse wireless charging, Bloomberg reports
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has published a new report on Friday claiming as part of its development of the next iPad Pro, which he suggests Apple is looking into making compatible with wireless charging pads, the company is also looking into reverse wireless charging, similar to the PowerDrop concept shown off by The Apple Post, that would allow users to charge their iPhone, AirPods Wireless Charging Case or Apple Watch from the back of the new iPad Pro.
Our PowerDrop concepts were based on an iPhone-to-iPhone wireless charging system, but Gurman reports, via his sources, that it looks like initially, Apple may first debut the technology on its next iPad Pro, which could launch as soon as next year, although it hasn’t been confirmed yet whether or not wireless charging will be released with the device or be delayed or canceled altogether.
On the topic of charging, the report claims Apple is still exploring a wireless charger that would work similarly to AirPower, Apple’s infamous charging pad that was canceled following development issues in 2019, and that as part of its development of the next iPad Pro, the company may also be looking into bringing MagSafe to the iPad.
As part of its development of the next iPad Pro, Apple is also trying out technology called reverse wireless charging. That would allow users to charge their iPhone or other gadgets by laying them on the back of the tablet. Apple had previously been working on making this possible for the iPhone to charge AirPods and Apple Watches.
Furthermore, the report also suggests Apple is looking into alternative wireless charging methods that can work over greater distances than an inductive connection, although Gurman notes that the technology is “likely several years away” from being released publicly.
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