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[* black] Back case, coil, no board, case cutouts
[* black] With the rear case nearly hollowed out, we finish with an X-ray that leaves us with a few lingering questions. Despite the lack of a second battery connector, we can’t help but stare at this charging coil and wonder what might have been.
[* black] If bilateral charging were included in the final production design, we wouldn’t necessarily expect to see a radically altered coil—but a bigger battery and additional thermal management would almost certainly be required, as reverse wireless charging is thirsty and inefficient, throwing off a lot of heat.
[* black] In the case of the standard iPhone 11, we’re not seeing it.
[* black] And speaking of which: perhaps due to the lack of a second battery connector, we also see the omission of the new second tiny connection board we saw in the Pro Max. Oh tiny connection board, what was thy purpose? Were you, too, supposed to play a part in a feature whose curtains fell abruptly before it had a chance to prove itself?
[* black] Finally, just like the Pro and Pro Max, our handy X-ray shows what we think may be UWB-related antennas carefully embedded into the rear case.