When Apple updates the AirPods later this year, it is expected to ship the new earphones with an updated charging case, one which supports wireless charging for use with the so far absent AirPower charging pad.
This much we already know, but now Nikkei Asian Review has added an interesting twist to proceedings that takes some believing. If it’s accurate however, it would appear that the new AirPods charging case will also be able to wirelessly charge an iPhone.
This in itself sounds highly unlikely, although it is difficult to argue with the fact that it would most certainly be a crowd pleasing feature if done well.
Users of iPhones will soon be able to wirelessly charge their handsets using the charging case for Apple’s popular AirPods wireless earphones, according to an industry source familiar with the plan.
According to the report we can expect this all to happen towards the end of this year, although as always this does not set anything in stone. The ongoing saga that is the AirPower charging pad goes to show that products slip and while Apple will point to its vague “2018” release window and say it’s still on time, the possibility that it could ship a full 12 months after it was announced was surely never planned back in September of 2017.
The development would add to Apple’s much-anticipated AirPower wireless charging mat, unveiled last year and due out soon, bringing chief designer Jony Ive’s call in 2016 for a “truly wireless future” a step closer. Apple has previously said it is working on a wireless charging case for AirPods that could also be topped up with the AirPower pad, though it gave no further details.
We’re also dubious about how much power any AirPods charging case could get into an iPhone considering it’s comparatively small battery but we’ll reserve judgement until we see this thing announced, if at all.
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