The iPhone 11 may copy key Galaxy S10 feature, include faster USB-C charger

The iPhone 11 may copy key Galaxy S10 feature, include faster USB-C charger
Alleged iPhone 11 prototype design

The iPhone 11 (XI) series is still roughly six months away, but Japanese blog Mac Otakara has today shared some new information about Apple’s upcoming flagships and their rumored charging features.

The iPhone 11 could copy the Galaxy S10's Wireless PowerShare


Last October, as some of you may know, Huawei introduced a new feature called Wireless Reverse Charging on the Mate 20 Pro. When activated owners of the smartphone can charge other QI-enabled devices by simply placing them together.

The feature isn’t the most practical due to its slow charging speeds, but can still be useful in situations where there are no power sources around. This last detail prompted Samsung to introduce a similar feature dubbed Wireless PowerShare on the Galaxy S10 series. And now it seems as though Apple will be following suit.

According to today’s report, the Cupertino giant is preparing its own reverse wireless charging feature. Details remain scarce, but owners of the iPhone 11 series should be able to charge their Apple Watches by placing them on top of the device. Similarly, it’s suggested that the recently-announced AirPods complete with the wireless charging case will also be compatible.

The overall idea seems to be that the iPhone’s battery is large enough to power other devices, although some would argue that this isn’t the case – even the large iPhone XS Max includes only a 3,174mAh cell. 

Apple may include an 18W fast charger in the box


From the look of things, wireless charging is becoming increasingly important for Apple and, with the launch of AirPower rumored to be close, the company’s focus on the feature will only intensify. 

Despite this, the majority of consumers will continue to charge the iPhone 11 lineup with the bundled slow charger and cable. According to today’s report, though, some changes are finally on the horizon.

For years, Apple has continued to ship its iPhone models with measly 5W chargers, but Mac Otakara now believes that the iPhone 11 series will switch this charging brick out for the 18W USB-C charger that currently ships with the iPad Pro models. However, don’t keep your hopes up for a USB-C port on the phone.

A few months back, it was reported that Apple was testing new iPhones with both USB-C and Lightning connectors. From the look of things, though, Apple has once again chosen the latter. Nevertheless, the included cable will now sport a USB-C port on one end and a Lightning connector on the other, rather than the USB-A to Lightning setup seen today.

If the company moves ahead with this small change, it’ll mean consumers will have access to fast charging from the get-go, rather than needing to purchase a $50 power bring separately.

What else can be expected from the iPhone 11 series?


According to previous rumors, the iPhone 11 series will debut with an upgraded display. Bezels look set to be ever so slightly smaller and the controversial notch is expected to see a reduction in size. As a result of Face ID, though, it’ll still be much larger than the alternatives found on competing smartphones.

Another expectation is the presence of three cameras on the rear. Rumors regarding this feature are a bit less consistent, but there do appear to be two design options at the moment.

The first, which is largely despised by our readers, involves an odd-looking square camera module in the top corner that sports two cameras on the left side and a third sensor paired with a microphone and quad-LED flash on the right.

The second, on the other hand, would result in a pretty drastic change for the iPhone’s design language. After years of placing the camera in the corner, Apple is reportedly toying with the idea of a horizontal camera setup placed in the center of the smartphone. 

Both of these designs were reportedly under consideration at one point, but it’s unclear which one Apple chose. In an alternative scenario, the company may have scrapped both of these and opted for a totally different look.

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93 Comments

155. iMaBoT unregistered

Lol I read this whole conversation and made an account just to say how stupid this argument is, going from apple copying Samsung to arguing about if iPhones have notches? How about we all agree that no phone is perfect and just go on with our lives?

65. pogba

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

The amount of stupidity in your comment is concerning..

37. PSAfromThisGuy

Posts: 146; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

haha!!! dont hold your breath people.... this sounds like too much for apple to do at one time.... expect one of these new features: 3 camera, USB-C, or Powershare... you definitely wont see all 3... XD

39. libra89

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm amused with your comment combined with your name, but anyway, I do agree with you. How many times has Apple done more than 2 things at once with any of their products? I don't remember seeing that.

57. PSAfromThisGuy

Posts: 146; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

thank you :) lol

35. sirohunter

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

As usual, Apple will copy some of the features but they're gonna do it better

50. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You're clearly stuck in 2008.

55. sirohunter

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

Not really, tried the s10 plus for a week and ended up returning that Korean toy :( love the design and screen but just couldn’t get away from iMessage airdrop stable no lag animations and overall OS smoothness. Even little things like scrolling down a page really makes a difference for me.

69. TechNeck

Posts: 658; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Lag on a RECENTLY RELEASED phone with one of the fastest Android Processor out and with a redesigned UI released not long ago? That's absolutely farfetched. If I, a Note 9 power user with last year's processor isn't getting lag, there's no way the S10 would have any.

31. Vokilam

Posts: 1481; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Can someone explain to me why Apple Pencil using inductive charging to charge itself from iPad not the same thing? Didn’t the ipad had this before Samsung S10?

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Probably cause of this. I’m not sure if that’s the reason or not https://www.zdnet.com/article/apple-confirms-new-pencil-stylus-wont-work-with-qi-charging-standard/

79. Vancetastic

Posts: 1948; Member since: May 17, 2017

Can anything else be charged by putting it on the iPad, or just the pencil?

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

First Apple needs to get AirPower out. By now, they should be getting ready to release the AirPower 3. Apple is sliding these days, weak releases, broken updates, failing to deliver on the goods...c'mon Cook...get to Cookin sonnn.

27. libra89

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'll believe it when I see it. The same still goes for the AirPower release.

18. User123456789 unregistered

Copy Mate 20 you mean .... Another thing called gimmick by many, but useful when used by Sammy or Apple. Still do not know why some ppl say that.

20. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Of course Samsung copied power share from Huawei, but teddy and ralph couldn’t actually bring themselves to say that, so they had to insert Apple into the narrative to make themselves feel better. Doesn’t make any sense but what can ya do?

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You mad bro?

34. Vokilam

Posts: 1481; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Apple had power share in the iPad to charge the pencil. This tech isn’t new to Apple products.

83. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Then hold your iPhone or other phone with wireless charging up to the iPad to charge it. Yeah. Not the same thing.

40. Vancetastic

Posts: 1948; Member since: May 17, 2017

Isn’t this an iPhone article? Does Apple not make the iPhone? Hey, you tried. That’s the important thing.

82. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Samsung copied it from Huawei. I have no problem with saying that. Now, let's hear you admit the plethora of copying Apple has done over the years. Calm down, buttercup. It wasn't only you I was parodying in the original comment.

12. chris2k5

Posts: 291; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

I just hope Apple doesn’t copy Samsung exploding batteries.

14. cmdacos

Posts: 4412; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Apple has their own battery fire issues sister.

25. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Apple already has their on exploding Batteries, pretty sure they invented it first a few years ago.

42. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1126; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

But don't they only catch fire when you hold the phone wrong? It's like a secret feature

6. Gryffin

Posts: 96; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

iphones already have poor battery life so how can they charge others.

8. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

No wonder why apple’s iPhones battery test always on top. They just need to bump to 4000mah and its all good

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4412; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

You musy only visit PhoneArena for your tech news if you think iPhone beats all others in battery life testing.

17. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Then what all the fuss about battery problem in galaxies.

28. Alcyone

Posts: 643; Member since: May 10, 2018

No fuss on my battery life. My gs9+ factory unlocked is a champ. Even when paired actively to a gear and galaxy buds. Gets me a whole day easy. Dont speak on behalf of what others say. You experienced any issues? .....

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