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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103 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Samsung and Huawei copied this from Apple, obviously.

2. Wazupmrg

Posts: 154; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

How does Samsung and Huawei copy something Apple hasn't even done yet?

4. alanrock

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

sarcasm is not that hard to notice...

7. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Android Executives are using apple products. They found out apple’s iphone till 2025.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Anyone developing in this industry, always has both platforms. You cannot become complacent in this industry. Hmm, maybe that's what's wrong with Apple and their teams developing their products these days. They need to buy a lot more Android smartphones, especially when they always copy features that were on Android devices years before Apple took notice. That way Apple could then have some of the latest technology, as it stands today Apple is behind the curve by a mile. Even they know it.

38. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

You really think that “Apple is behind the curve by a mile”. Just shaking my head. Every Android manufacturer “wishes” they had Apple’s portfolio of products. You have it the other way around. Having a few features over the iPhone doesn’t make Apple an inferior product.

45. RoryBreaker

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

And yet still the iphone is an inferior product.

54. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I disagree.

63. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Look at this article is talking about fast charging. Every Android OEMs has already included fast chargers with their smartphones for years now. The only OEM that hasn't done that, and is currently still not doing that is Apple. Shake your head all you want. But you know I am right CreeDiddy.

120. wickedwilly

Posts: 667; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

How do you know every Android manufacturer “wishes” they had Apple’s portfolio of products. There is no evidence of that at all. There is ample evidence proving most IPhone fans secretly crave for features that come to Android first. The feature difference does distance Android phones ahead of iPhones especially when that difference is huge like before the “iPhone catch-up” edition , the first X model.

32. Krazyass69

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 09, 2019

He meant that samsung and huawei copied apple's greatest innovation which is the foldable iphone 6

33. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I thought Apple had this already, that’s exactly how Apple Pencil charges from the ipad. Not new to Apple products and was on the iPad before S10.

41. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1036; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Yet the Note 9 could charge the S-Pen before the iPad could charge the Apple Pencil 2.0

44. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Just saying that this is not new to Apple.

140. Marcwand3l

Posts: 426; Member since: May 08, 2017

LoL Yes it is.

68. Mike88

Posts: 328; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

S pen in Note 9 doesn't charge wirelessly,, it doesn't have a battery even, just a capacitor which holds charge for sometime. And it charges by the metal part on it when you put it inside note 9

139. Marcwand3l

Posts: 426; Member since: May 08, 2017

It's not the same. The S10 can charge any Qi compatible device. The ipad can only charge the pencil and only when placed in a very specific part of the tablet.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly. the S-Pen was also copied from the iPhone as well.

43. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Phone has been in developed for a long time. There was no copying. Apple does not really copy. They do what they want to make the best phone they can. Android manufactures except google don’t even make there operating system , they have been copying apples style since the s1. The only difference is I don’t give a s**t. Samsung, google, and so on make great phones and we just be to enjoy the fruits of the rivalry.

48. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Thank you for providing such a clear, concise example of the buffoonery I was parodying above.

141. Marcwand3l

Posts: 426; Member since: May 08, 2017

>Android manufactures except google don’t even make there operating system < What's that suppose to mean? Anyway Android manufacturers invest quite a bit of time and resources to optimise Android for their phone models. They don't just install the OS like a plain app on the phone.

46. whatev

Posts: 2202; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Of course tedturd couldn’t be missing trolling in an apple article as usual, android trolls are always saying, Apple should bring this or that, then when there are only rumors about it they are there with typical troll jokes like “Samsung and Huawei copied this from Apple, obviously”

47. Tipus

Posts: 847; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Butthurt much? :))

49. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Medicated wipes?

70. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And yet its ok for your trolling apple buddies to troll android.

81. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Let him alone. He saw himself in my comment.

3. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Is Samsung the first with PowerShare? I hope its limited to AirPods and watch as its not good to share power with another phone.

9. alanrock

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

use it however you want, so limit is not needed.

22. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

But Apple always tries to put limits and restrictions on their devices, platforms, and services. Restrictions and Apple go naturally together. It's like you can't have one without the other.

52. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Exactly, the same with multitasking and pic n pic. Its available on ipad but not on iphones, the same with apple pencil. They tried to limit the device base in their experiences alone. But I do hope apple should be more open to let it be use on all devices and let the end user decide to turn it on or off.

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