As well as the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max have been received, there is still a tinge of disappointment about one feature that is missing.

For weeks leading up to September 10th’s announcement we heard rumors that bilateral charging would allow AirPod to be charged wirelessly from the iPhones. That feature didn’t materialize. Or did it?

While Apple didn’t announce bilateral charging during the event, Apple blogger Sonny Dickson has since tweeted that his sources tell him the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro do indeed have the hardware required to make bilateral charging work. But you can’t use it because it’s disabled in software.

If that’s true, it would mean that iPhones landing on the doorsteps of customers next Friday September 20th will have the hardware inside. Unless of course Apple has been able to remove it before mass production began. It’s also possible that some early iPhones will have it, but those manufactured later will not.

These are questions that we won’t know the answers to until someone takes a new iPhone and then disassembles it.

We’re looking at you, iFixit. If previous releases are anything to go by we can expect an iPhone teardown very soon after the devices go on sale next week. And if the hardware required to make bilateral charging work is indeed present, we’ll know for sure that Apple pulled the plug at the 11th hour.

Apple is said to have decided against announcing the feature due to its inability to meet their standards. Just like the ill-fated AirPower.

(Source: @SonnyDickson [Twitter])

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