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June 26, 2018

Nikkei: AirPods Charging Case Will Be Able to Wirelessly Charge an iPhone

by John_A

An upcoming version of the AirPods charging case will be able to wirelessly charge a compatible iPhone, according to Nikkei Asian Review.

The first paragraph from Cheng Ting-Fang and Lauly Li:

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.

The report claims the charging case could be available as soon as the end of this year, although the timeframe is subject to change.

It’s not entirely clear if the report is referring to the same AirPods charging case that Apple previewed alongside the iPhone X. Apple said that optional accessory will be released in 2018 alongside its AirPower charging mat.

All in all, it’s a bit of a strange report. Would a user hold or lay their iPhone against the AirPods charging case? Would the AirPods still charge? Wouldn’t the charging case need more mAh to sufficiently charge an iPhone?

More thoughts and details to follow…

Related Roundups: 2018 iPhones, AirPodsTags: nikkei.com, AirPowerBuyer’s Guide: AirPods (Caution)
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