Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack Proves That iPhone 12 Supports Reverse Wireless Charging After All

Apple announced the new MagSafe Battery Pack yesterday and while it does exactly what you’d expect it to — wirelessly charge your iPhone when it’s attached to it — it also has a party piece.

It proves that Apple’s iPhone 12 devices do actually support reverse wireless charging, just as had been rumored before the devices when on sale late last year.

How do we know that? According to Apple, plugging a Lightning cable into the iPhone while it’s attached to the battery pack will not only charge the phone, but the MagSafe Battery Pack as well. The only way it could do that would be if the iPhone 12 supported reverse wireless charging.

You can also charge both if you attach your MagSafe Battery Pack to your iPhone, then plug your iPhone into a power source. You might want to charge this way if you need to connect your iPhone to another device while charging, like if you’re using wired CarPlay or transferring photos to a Mac.

You do need to have the iPhone plugged in for the reverse wireless charging to work in this scenario, but there’s little reason it couldn’t also work when it isn’t. Apple just seems to be trying to make sure users don’t drain their iPhone’s battery.

Whether Apple will eventually let us use this feature to charge AirPods and AirPods Pro, we don’t know. But we can surely hope so, right?

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