New photographs shared on Weibo seem to indicate a round array of magnets housed inside an “iPhone 12” chassis. The unverified photographs depict 36 particular person magnets in a round association, suggesting they might be associated to mounting or charging.

EverythingApplePro, who shared the Weibo-originating photographs on Twitter, additionally posted a picture of an alleged iPhone 12 case with an identical array of magnets inbuilt, which he suggests are “probably for excellent alignment with Apple’s wi-fi chargers.”

Apple hasn’t launched any native wi-fi chargers for iPhone. The corporate canceled its much-anticipated AirPower charging mat final yr as a consequence of high quality considerations. Rumors persist that it continues to work on an AirPower-like charging mat, though faked photographs have been shared in help of this.

Again in January, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated he anticipated Apple to launch a small wi-fi charging mat within the first half of the yr, however no such product materialized in that timeframe.

For months forward of their unveiling, final yr’s iPhone 11 sequence was rumored to characteristic a Qi-based device-to-device charging characteristic, permitting for an Apple Watch, AirPods, and different equipment to cost on the again of the iPhones. The characteristic was anticipated to be just like Wi-fi PowerShare on Samsung’s Galaxy S10.

In line with one leaker, the ‌iPhone 11‌ sequence contains the mandatory {hardware} for a two-way charging characteristic that was extensively rumored for the gadgets, however Apple disabled the characteristic on the software program finish. In line with Kuo, the characteristic was deserted as a result of the charging effectivity didn’t meet Apple’s necessities.

We’re anticipating Apple to launch 4 iPhones in three show sizes this yr, and a latest rumor has recommended Apple might launch the gadgets in two phases.