Apple launched the iPhone 11 series consisting of the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max at a special event on September 10. Ahead of the Apple’s launch event, a number of reports suggested that Apple could include a bilateral charging feature in its 2019 iPhones. However, when Apple announced its budget iPhone 11 and its iPhone 11 Pro series smartphones, there was no mention of the bilateral charging feature. Now a new report suggest that Apple’s 2019 iPhones include the necessary hardware to support the feature, however, it has been disabled by the company.

“Reliable sources” told noted Apple tipster Sonny Dickson, who in the past has given insights about the developmental challenges faced by the company in case of its now dead project AirPower wireless charging mat, that both iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro series include the bilateral charging feature, however it has been disable via software. It is possible that this was done prior to the production run.

If this is true, it is possible that the Cupertino, California based tech giant could enable the bilateral charging feature with a software update in future.

What’s interesting is that bilateral charging feature, that would allow Apple’s new iPhones to charge other Qi-compatible devices such as the Apple Watch and the Apple AirPods simply by placing them on the back of the iPhone, was one of highly anticipated features to join the list of iPhone 11’s capabilities. Both noted Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who are two of the most reliable sources when it comes to information about Apple products, had predicted it. However, two days prior to the event, both changed their course saying that the feature would not be included in iPhone 11 series smartphones.

Notably, Dickson hasn’t specified any reason as to why Apple would disable the bilateral charging feature in the iPhone 11 series, which means we will have to wait for a teardown of the newly launched iPhones to understand the reason why the feature hasn’t been included…or enabled by Apple.

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