Using the AirPods case to wirelessly charge the iPhone would be genius

A Nikkei report this week has indicated that Apple plans to make the case of the next AirPods earphones a wireless charger for the iPhone. On the surface, the report offers more questions than answers. The current AirPods case can neither receive (a Qi-compatible case has been announced, but isn't shipping) nor transmit wireless charging, and it has a comparatively puny 398mAh battery inside it, hardly enough to be a valuable external battery for an iPhone. Apple also has its AirPower charging mat finally arriving this September, so where would another wireless charger fit into its ecosystem anyway? I don't think the advantages of the mooted AirPods charger are immediately obvious, so allow me to elaborate on them.

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