Mysterious hardware in iPhone 11 hints at reverse wireless charging

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iFixit’s teardown of the iPhone 11 Max Pro finds that the battery has a mysterious second connector.
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Buried in the iPhone 11 Pro Max are hardware quirks that iFixit suggests might be for reverse wireless charging, a feature reportedly planned and then dropped from this model.

Watch a video of techs from this repair company carefully disassembling Apple’s new flagship smartphone:

iPhone 11 supposedly is capable of two-way wireless charging

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There's still hope for two-way wireless charging.
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One feature we expected but didn’t get from the iPhone 11 lineup is two-way wireless charging. But Apple could surprise us with it later.

A new rumor claims the 2019 iPhones come with the necessary hardware, but Apple disabled the functionality in iOS. If true, Apple could activate the feature for iPhone 11 owners at a later date.

iPhone 11’s Apple logo will shift for big new feature

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No, it won't look like this.
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The Apple logo on the back of this year’s iPhone 11 lineup will shift to make way for a brand new feature, according to a new report.

The logo won’t disappear, but it will be perfectly centered for the first time in the iPhone’s history. The change will allow for a huge upgrade in wireless charging functionality.

Zens’ 16-coil wireless charger fills the AirPower gap

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Place iPhone and Androids anywhere on the Zens Liberty to wirelessly charge them.
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The Zens Liberty is designed to overcome one of wireless charging’s hassles: it won’t be necessary to carefully arrange the handset on this pad thanks to its 16 charging coils.

This was one of the promises of Apple’s AirPower, but packing too many coiled into a small pad reportedly caused such such problems with excess heat that this product was eventually cancelled.

What to expect from next month’s iPhone 11 refresh

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Here are all the things we think Apple has up its sleeve.
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The 2019 iPhone lineup is just weeks away from getting its grand unveiling. And according to recent rumors, it could be a lot more exciting than we first anticipated.

Faster chips and an extra camera sensor may not be the only reasons to upgrade this year. Two-way wireless charging, improved Face ID, and Apple Pencil support could also be on Apple’s list.

Here’s everything we expect from next month’s iPhone refresh.

OtterSpot’s new stacking batteries take wireless charging to fresh heights

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The OtterSpot Charging Base can power multiple OtterBox Wireless Charging Batteries and a device at the same time.
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The OtterSpot is a new twist on mobile wireless charging. It starts with a base station sending current to a portable battery that has built-in Qi inductive charging. This battery powers up an iPhone or Android, either at home or one the go. Multiple batteries can be stacked and charged at once.

The company behind this new system is OtterBox, well known for its rugged phone and tablet cases.

Apple Card and wireless charging don’t play well together

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A wireless charger can’t send power to this iPhone through an Apple Card.
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The end might be near for iPhone cases with slots to hold credit cards now that the Apple Card is starting to roll out. Not because this new credit card will make them unnecessary, but because tests by Cult of Mac show that putting an Apple Card in one of these wallet cases blocks the iPhone inside from wireless charging.

Fans of this type of case will need to decide how much they want Apple’s new credit card, or if they‘re willing to give up on wireless charging.

This low-key powerful portable battery charger packs 8,000mAh [Deals]

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Now that iPhones are firmly on board the wireless charging train, it’s easier than ever to have full recharging capabilities at all times, all without carrying an octopus’ nest of wires, connectors and adapters. At first glance, the QiStone2 Wireless Portable Charger actually does look like a stone. However, it’s a stone packing 8,000 mAh of power, capable of two to three full wireless recharges of your typical smartphone while you’re out in the world.

Wireless charger suggests AirPower’s problems are solvable

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Set it and forget it. Source changes smartphones without a search for a precise charging connection.
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We waited two years for AirPower and in the end, Apple could not deliver. Numerous engineering challenges forced Apple to do something it rarely does – give up.

But the hurdles facing the team producing Apple’s first multi-device wireless charger are not insurmountable.

Consider the Source – a wireless charger and first product by tech startup Spansive that goes on sale today for $189. Its multiple charging coils allow a person to simply set their phone on the surface without having to move it around until a precise charging point is engaged.