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.

Charge your AirPods on your iPhone

Charge your AirPods on your iPhone

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. 

Say goodbye to the 5W charger and hello to the 18W power brick
Say goodbye to the 5W charger and hello to the 18W power brick

Say goodbye to the 5W charger and hello to the 18W power brick

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.

Alleged iPhone XI prototype design

Alleged iPhone XI prototype design

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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49 Comments

1. monkeyb

Posts: 386; 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: 5628; 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: 386; 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.

25. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

But they have already done that in 2018: both Max and XR have great battery life (for a smartphone) and they take good pictures when there's no light.

38. monkeyb

Posts: 386; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Agreed the phones have good battery life even after taking their small batteries into consideration. Imagine what sort of battery life will you get if they give more mah. Their low light photography is good but no where near the best. That is my problem. I am a huge Apple fan but my friends 2 year old pixel takes better photos in low light. These are just my views. I just want the company I like a lot to be better.

48. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You have a problem that your COMMUNICATION tool dosn't have the best camera?

33. Cat97

Posts: 1774; 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: 845; Member since: May 17, 2017

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

3. vgking9699

Posts: 126; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Exactly, then a even bigger battery would fit

14. maherk

Posts: 6715; 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.

26. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Going back to 7 after using the XR for a few months, I definitely want a narrower phone.

47. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're not going back, for a narrower phone. You're going back, cause the XR has an Intel modem, and the 7 has a Qualcomm. stop lying.

4. User123456789

Posts: 587; 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: 2128; 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: 102; 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: 2128; 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: 523; 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: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

27. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Maybe not, but they will sure not have s**tty modems, made by Qualco... never mind.

29. IT-Engineer

Posts: 523; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Qualcomm modems are s**try? Is because apple told you so? Strange you didn't say that back then when your iPhones where running on Qualcomm modems!! Intel has zero experience in this field and you come in here defending your iGod by bashing the most experienced company in the world in building mobile modems chipsets. Now I think I've seen it all!!

30. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Stay out. This is not about phones or modems, it's about a crying schmuck.

31. IT-Engineer

Posts: 523; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Stay out? Wow you sure do know how to have a discussion as an adult. Your the one who mentioned phones and modems, stop contradicting yourself, he owns an iPhone and a note 9 as I believe

32. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

This discussion does not concern you. I'm just making fun of a clown that trashed some phones for a problem that some US based carriers had with Intel modems and now has come up with the same carriers but when other branded phones that use QC modems tried to connect to their networks.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You mad bro?

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I own both, and have the YouTube vids to back it up. He can't stand that I'm also an Apple product user just like he is, but I don't sugarcoat it for Apple. They F up, I'm calling them out on it till they fix it.

37. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You had one of the 0.000000% faulty phone that you refused to exchange. The lack of top performances was exclusively your fault, yet you bitched about that being because of the manufacturer... Even the carriers said the connectivity problems - a big part of them - was due to their own equipment and not Intel modems; lab test has shown similar performances between Intel and QC modems. Yet you had - and still have - a single line. Well, QC f**ked up so I will also f**k up your stupid bias in every single article I will happen to find you. Cheers, dumb ass!

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You won't have to find me, I'll make sure you know I'm there. Just be ready. You mad huh lol

40. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I usually ignore little crying bitches, because they annoy me, but sometimes I like to make exceptions.

41. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah, you mad bro LMAOOOO!

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said IT. Intel modems are trash crap, and he knows it.

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