Apple's 2019 iPhones will reportedly feature bigger batteries

Apple's 2019 iPhones will reportedly feature bigger batteries

Following separate reports in both February and March, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has today reiterated that all three 2019 iPhone models will add support for bilateral wireless charging, more commonly known as reverse wireless charging.

The iPhone XI & XI Max could boast significantly bigger batteries


As seen previously on both the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S10 series, this feature means Apple’s 2019 flagships will be capable of powering other Qi-enabled devices wirelessly by simply placing them on top of the smartphones.

Specifics such as the charging speed weren’t provided, but from what can be understood the ability to quickly charge up Apple’s latest AirPods and the accompanying wireless charging case is a key focus at the minute. iPhone users may also be able to charge up their Apple Watches, although no mention was made of this by Kuo.

In order to accommodate this new feature, the analyst expects Apple to include large batteries inside its next iPhone models. The iPhone XS Max currently includes a 3,174mAh battery but Kuo expects its successor to offer a capacity that sits somewhere between 3,491mAh and 3,650mAh. The regular iPhone XS successor, on the other hand, should feature a battery capacity of between 3189mAh and 3,322mAh, up drastically from the 2658mAh battery found inside the current-gen model. 

As for the iPhone XR’s replacement, Kuo expects a maximum capacity of 3,089mAh. He does, however, warn that an increase in battery capacity isn’t necessarily guaranteed for this device – the current iPhone XR includes a 2942mAh battery.

Apple's 2019 devices may also benefit from a bundled fast charger


Ming-Chi Kuo didn’t provide any other details about the charging features of Apple’s upcoming iPhones. Fortunately, one previous report did shed some light on the matter.

After years of bundling 5W chargers inside iPhone boxes, Apple’s 2019 iPhone series could finally ship with an 18W USB-C charger in the box. This power brick currently ships with the iPad Pro (2018) models and means iPhone owners will be able to take advantage of fast charging from the get-go. 

On a related note, it’s worth pointing out that the next-gen iPhones are no longer expected to feature USB Type-C ports. Back in January, Apple was said to be actively testing 2019 models with the upgraded port but more recent information suggests the Cupertino giant ultimately opted to retain the proprietary Lightning connector.

Extra cameras and improved displays could be present too


Joining all of these battery-related improvements should be an upgraded design. More specifically, Apple is said to be preparing some drastic changes to the rear of its devices which could prove unpopular.

After using dual-camera setups on its flagship devices for the past three generations, the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max will reportedly inherit new triple-camera layouts that could be contained within an odd-looking square-shaped bump. Once again, there should be a primary sensor accompanied by a telephoto camera. This time around, though, the devices are expected to benefit from a dedicated time-of-flight sensor which should improve portrait photos. It could also be useful when it comes to AR content.

The iPhone XR’s successor probably won’t benefit from this new camera. It should, however, receive a new telephoto camera which will put it on par with the current iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

Elsewhere on these devices, Apple is expected to make some subtle improvements to the front. In the case of the iPhone XI duo, these may feature slightly slimmer bezels and a smaller notch which will be home to upgraded Face ID technology. The 2019 iPhone XR, on the other hand, may also benefit from similar improvements, although it’s unclear to what extent due to the inferior LCD display which it carries. 

The entire 2019 iPhone series should go official in early September alongside a new Apple Watch Series 5 and potentially some other products. All new models should be available to purchase by the end of that same month.

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25 Comments

1. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Two way charging - Yes it’s believable. Bigger Battery from Apple - Cmon, this has to be a April fools joke. Also Faster charger- ill believe it when I see it.

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5730; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also Apple needs to improve their battery quality/longevity Then they won't have to throttle iPhones after only 1-2 years which is really unacceptable for their price But they probably won't since then people won't upgrade as soon

18. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

While I do not think their quality is an issue. I do think that Apple does a lot of things to ensure fans/customers keep coming back. I mean I would not upgrade my phone if Apple gives me 2 things, a better battery and better photos in low light. Its surprising how the richest company in the world has not done these 2 things since many many years.

33. Cat97

Posts: 1937; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Two way charging - Apple's first and best ever AirCharge+. Bigger battery - the same 10-hour solid battery life, now 10% better. Faster charger - Apple's first and best charger, 15% faster than before.

2. Vancetastic

Posts: 1614; Member since: May 17, 2017

Now, make it a bit thicker and eliminate the camera bulge...

3. vgking9699

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Exactly, then a even bigger battery would fit

14. maherk

Posts: 6966; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's not about the space, Apple can fit a much larger battery in their iPhones as they are today, there is a lots of wasted space inside the iPhones, it's just cheaper for Apple to fit in smaller batteries, which also means that they can charge absurd amounts of money for their battery cases.

4. User123456789

Posts: 1021; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I doubt they will increase more tha 150mAh for each model. Not a miracle for an iphone to have 3500 before 2022

5. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2255; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

A wishlist that will hopefully will come true. 1. 4000mah battery 2. Bi-directional multiple charging on glass and back for Airpods and Apple Watch or another iPhone and Aiprods, etc... 3. Better app to app multitask switching (i.e. Xfinity Stream app, YouTube, Netflix, etc...) 4. in-glass fingerprint scanner with FaceID with app to app security. 5. iOS13 customized login user profiles 6. App Store ability to download/update more than 3 apps at a time. 7. A13 give us 6000 single core/ 21,000 multicore speeds 8. 6GB of RAM for XI models 9. Better low light shots with less noise (enhanced night mode from Pixel 3 with less noise) 10. Wide angle lens 11. 50x lossless zoom

8. morgeus09

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

50x lossles zoom? What is this? A telescope? Even huawei has 5x optical,10x hybrid and 50x digital zoom with p30 pro. İn my opinion new iphones will have 2x or 3x optical telephoto sensor. Aaand, your a13 is impossible. Even a14 cant reach this multicore score. A13 could have maxly 6000/15000-16000 and this is MAX. And there wont be in display fingerprint sensor. Apple will improve face id. 4000 wont be real, with apples optimization and standby time 3491-3650 mah battery will be long lasting

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2255; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Only a “wishlist”. Current digital zoom on XS is 10x. I’m referring to digital zoom. Regarding A13 we all don’t know what it will be capable of...we can all guess based on the A12X performance. Plus keep in mind, this A13 may become the first A-series Mac’s.

24. IT-Engineer

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

HEY!!!!! If apple does those, damn I would be overwhelmed and might actually think of switching from Android.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wonder if the 2019 iPhones will be compatible with AirPo...ohhh nevermind.

7. blingblingthing

Posts: 978; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I thought that iOS was optimised so it didn't a big battery? I guess when you're adding all those Android features, you now realise why they needed bigger batteries.

9. iloveapps

Posts: 869; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

And when apple makes their batteries the same as predecessor then you will still rant. People like you are annoying. Its good that apple is adding and adding more features and making their batteries and ram bigger for 10 more years of use. Does your android do the same after a year? Many not.

15. iushnt

Posts: 3126; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It’s always good for consumers to rant!! Companies are not God to be worshipped!!

19. blingblingthing

Posts: 978; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Check the battery tests, iPhones die first. I'm not worried about the mediocrity Apple is selling, because I'm not buying. My Android phones serve me very well.

22. maherk

Posts: 6966; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

"and making their batteries and ram bigger for 10 more years of use. Does your android do the same after a year? Many not." Funny how Apple fanboys still uses this argument, when it hasn't been a year already when Apple was caught throttling down their iPhones because they were using crappy batteries that were losing more than 25% of it's lifecycle within months of users owning their devices.

10. irwan92

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 12, 2013

What's let me down about iPhone is the apple logo. Remove it please

12. odachek

Posts: 127; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Consumers already using Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) with 5000 mAh battery for years...

13. Derekjeter

Posts: 1531; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

If this is true, be prepared to pay $1500. Piece of s**t phones. I can’t wait to retire my iPhone 7 for the Pixel 4.

17. Be_Mine

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Here we go again. Every year, it is always the same rumors again and again. *Apple will include a Fast Charger in the box. *The iPhone will have a significantly larger battery. I don't know. At this point I won't be surprised if Apple don't include the Charger out of the box and instead sell them separately like they did with Lightning to Headphone Jack, or their Fast Charger.

20. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 116; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

No promotion display !

21. Knownhost

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 13, 2017

From phonearena's review in September 2019: "With the upgraded battery, you can expect 42 hours screen on time with mixed use according to our custom battery tests."

23. Romantico3pe

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Only thing i want is 2k lcd screen, then ill buy it, lcd last longer using navigation

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