Official FCC filings discovered by Jeremy Horwitz suggests that Apple’s forthcoming AirTags tracking device may be able to be charged on the back of an iPhone.
A new MagSafe feature was hidden in Apple FCC filings: “In addition to being able to be charged by a desktop WPT charger (puck), 2020 iPhone models also support WPT charging function at 360 kHz to charge accessories [including] an external potential apple accessory in future.”
— Jeremy Horwitz (@horwitz) October 28, 2020
In the filings, Apple says that the 2020 iPhones can act as wireless chargers in addition to being regularly charged wirelessly. The company states that “Currently the only accessory that can be charged by iPhones is an external potential apple accessory in the future.” Referring to the long-rumored AirTags tracking device.
AirTags will be a very small device, so making the much bigger iPhone 12 a wireless charger for the upcoming product just makes sense.
AirTags will be Apple’s new product similar to Tile, a small tracking device that can be attached to backpacks, keys, wallets, and more. Last year, Apple accidentally revealed the product’s name and existence in a now-deleted Apple Support video on YouTube spotted by Appleosophy Editor Pururaj Dutta.
Apple’s AirTags was expected to release in 2020 alongside the other big devices from Cupertino like iPad Air, Apple Watch Series 6, iPhone 12, and more. But in a year where people were more at home and less outside, Apple may have delayed the release to 2021.