The Apple Post came up with the idea for PowerDrop, a novel iPhone-to-iPhone bilateral power-sharing feature that would let users wirelessly transfer power from one iPhone to another by merely pressing the backs of the two handsets together.
In order to request power from someone nearby when their battery is low, the proposal imagines an AirDrop-style data transmission method that makes use of MagSafe on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.
Although sources indicate that iPhones already have the internal components for PowerDrop, the function has reportedly been blocked by Apple and is being held back by iOS. Rumors have long speculated that Apple may introduce iPhone-to-iPhone power-sharing.
Apple released the iPhone 12 together with MagSafe for iPhone. Users may magnetically connect the MagSafe Charger or other MagSafe accessories to the back of their smartphone and charge it without having to plug their iPhone into a power source thanks to a circular arrangement of magnets found within the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.
When PowerDrop is on, MagSafe may precisely place two iPhones on top of one another, preventing them from shifting and keeping them centred on the device’s internal charging coil.
There’s no way of knowing if Apple will actually implement PowerDrop on the iPhone, but given that manufacturers like Samsung already allow users to charge their Galaxy Watch or Galaxy Buds+ from the back of their smartphones via PowerShare, as well as reports that claim the hardware required for iPhone-to-iPhone bilateral power-sharing is already present in the iPhone 11 and above, it’s not out of the question that we could see PowerDrop one day.
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