According to a rumor, Apple is going to add a relatively new feature that's becoming a standard on current flagships to its 2019 iPhones: reverse wireless charging.
If this turns out to be true, then the Cupertino brand is making its next iteration of the iPhone a compelling buy, especially at a time when it's expanding wireless charging capability to its other products.
iPhone Reverse Wireless Charging
Citing a Chinese supplier's source, the Apple-focused Japanese website Mac Otakara says that the next iPhone lineup is going to have reverse wireless charging.
This claim aligns with a February report (via 9to5Mac) from notable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who also said that the next iPhones are going to sport the feature in question, as well as better cameras and battery.
The page also continues to say that Apple is going to bundle the upcoming iPhone with a USB-C to Lightning cable and an 18W USB-C power brick, the same as the one the iPad Pro comes with. Just to be clear, the Cupertino brand is said to still use a Lightning port on the iPhone, which corroborates a previous report that came from the Japanese blog as well.
Why This Matters
Assuming this is true, reverse wireless charging for the iPhone is arriving just in time. It's going to be particularly handy in charging the Apple Watch and the second-generation AirPods that comes with a wireless charging case. For the record, it can also wirelessly charge other iPhones.
The feature isn't new, of course. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro was the first to make reverse wireless charging a thing, and Samsung then followed suit with its Galaxy S10 lineup, which is perfect to go along with the new Galaxy Buds.
Mac Otakara has good track record with this kind of thing. Couple that with Kuo's prediction, there's a good chance this could prove to be true. However, it's still just a rumor until Apple itself announces anything official, so as always, it's recommended to take this with a grain of salt.