Top analyst says we might not see reverse wireless charging or Pencil support on the new iPhones

Top analyst says we might not see reverse wireless charging or Pencil support on the new iPhones
It is the eve of Apple's next new product event during which we could see the 2019 iPhones, a new Apple Watch, possibly the AirPods 3 and maybe the long-rumored Apple Glasses (in order of probability). But all is not well in the land of Apple fandom. According to 9to5Mac, reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is telling clients that the new phones might not support bilateral wireless charging, better known as reverse wireless charging. The analyst says that Apple could have scrapped the feature because the "charging efficiency may not meet Apple’s requirements."

Reverse wireless charging turns a phone's rear panel into a wireless charging pad. It was thought that the 2019 iPhone models would be able to charge up the AirPods wireless charging case, an Apple Watch, or a compatible phone. The host phone's battery would supply the power, which was why Kuo said earlier this year that the three new iPhones would have larger capacity batteries. The latest rumor has the battery inside the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max weighing in close to 4000mAh; that would be the largest battery ever placed inside one of Apple's smartphones. It was last year when the Huawei Mate 20 Pro debuted reverse wireless charging, and the feature is called Wireless PowerShare by Samsung for its flagship Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 lines. While it isn't clear how many iPhone users would have employed bilateral wireless charging, it was considered to be one of the standout new features on the 2019 handsets.

No Pencil support, no reverse wireless charging, but two models will get an 18W charger out of the box


Kuo also says that the rumor about Apple Pencil support for the 2019 iPhone 11 Pro models is fake news. Last month, a case render from manufacturer Olixar showed a case for the iPhone 11 Pro Max that included a sleeve to hold the Apple Pencil; the previous month Citi Research sent a note to clients stating that the new iPhones would come with "support for (an) iPhone pencil/stylus."

The analyst also notes that the size of the notch has not changed from the 2018 models, but all three new iPhones will be equipped with ultra-wide band technology for improved indoor mapping. One thing that Kuo did not discuss was the enhanced protection from water that was mentioned in an earlier leak. This might have referred to a rumored Underwater mode that would allow users to control the touchscreen on a submerged iPhone. Considering that no manufacturer covers water damage in their warranty, we wonder about the usefulness of such a feature.


There is some good news in Kuo's report. The 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro models will both come with an 18W power adapter equipped with a USB-C connector. Up until now, all iPhones shipped with a 5W brick requiring those with a compatible iPhone to spend $29 for the 18W charger. However, those purchasing the 6.1-inch iPhone 11 will still find a 5W charger in the box. Speaking of charging, Kuo says that Apple will stick with the Lightning port this year. This is really no surprise, and we could see a move to USB-C next year. If you're on the fence about upgrading this year, keep in mind that next year's iPhones are supposed to be redesigned with new screen sizes, 5G connectivity, Time of Flight sensors and more.

And while we're wrapping things up, we'd be remiss if we didn't bring up the controversial square camera modules that will house the rear-facing cameras on the new models. Found in the upper left-hand corner of the rear glass panel, the module will carry two cameras on the iPhone 11 (Primary + Telephoto with 2x optical zoom) and three cameras on the iPhone 11 Pro units (Primary + Telephoto with 2x optical zoom + Ultra-wide-angle). Kuo didn't address reports about changes to the rear cameras that will reportedly improve the quality of photographs including those snapped under low-light conditions.

The event starts at 1 pm EDT (10 am PDT) tomorrow, so feel free to check in often for the latest news out of the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino.

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44 Comments

1. jellmoo

Posts: 2626; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Ah yes, iPhone 11: None of the new features you wanted, and 40% less attractive.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So in other words it was just some fake news pushed out by Apple, and it's hype and propaganda crew, to try and stall the Note 10 sales, or some other Android smartphones. Now if it's missing pencil support and reverse wireless charging. Then the 11 pro's, are really not worth the upgrade, or even the new pro.

7. chris2k5

Posts: 283; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Lol Apple doesn’t need to push out fake news to stall Note 10 sales. Samsung made a crappy overpriced phone and did it to themselves hahaha

9. gigicoaste

Posts: 457; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

overpriced? You will see in couple of hours what overpriced means. :))

37. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

iphone is pricier than android so what’s new.

12. handsomparis

Posts: 126; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

Lmao good one SIKE lol

16. Vogue1985

Posts: 480; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Fake news is for brainless idiots

21. midan

Posts: 3011; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"by Apple, and it's hype and propaganda crew, to try and stall the Note 10 sales," Wait what :D you are talking about phone which will sell around 10 million overall. Do you really think Apple cares about Note 10 sales at all?

24. tbreezy

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Lol, Apple don’t need to stall any Android flagship sales, most Android users don’t even buy Flagships.

27. Mike88

Posts: 437; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Reverse wireless charging is useless,, no one will put other phones or even a watch or airpods on their premium phone. A mini pencil support could be good but phone displays are very small to make the best out of pencil. It's more suitable for the ipads

34. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I use reverse charging at least once a week on my Galaxy Buds so your argument is invalid.

36. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Stall Note 10 sales? Even Galaxies S10 didn’t make as the best selling phone every quarter. Its always the Xr that tops and A series of Samsung comes next.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Apple hype is thick and fake. Nothing new.

23. apple-rulz

Posts: 2195; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

The Apple hype is alive and well in your mind, that’s why you comment on every single Apple article.

25. midan

Posts: 3011; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Nailed!

28. whatev

Posts: 2332; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Do you sleep at nights or you are so obsessed with apple that you can’t even close your eyes without seeing that gorgeous logo in your sick mind?

49. jyu2848

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

LOL... Leave them alone. They are dreaming to get an Royalty Award from Apple. Look at that Apple Rulz guy's Pic...LOL

4. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2253; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Wow! I saw this news about 2 hours ago reported by Kuo! If true, I’m skipping this crap upgrade.

5. OneLove123

Posts: 1189; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

100 Apple articles on this site.

6. LiveFaith

Posts: 487; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

For a company who is responsible for some great looking devices ... This thing was designed by a guy named Budd Tuggly! Who thought this look was a good idea? I'm sure the phone will be good. But, what a camera module!

8. chris2k5

Posts: 283; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Huawei Mate 20 Pro had the same square camera module on the back. Why didn’t you make a fuss when it was released?

14. Alcyone

Posts: 488; Member since: May 10, 2018

1. Huawei did it first (No innovation there). 2. Huawei's photo abilities are superior (And will probably always be). 3. Not overpriced. (Profit, profit, profit) My just be me, but it seems Apple is playing catch up. Again. Time to humble up, and expect the lower sales. Btw, I'm content with my S9+ and dual cameras.

40. apple-rulz

Posts: 2195; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

If you're so content with your S9, then why do you obsessively follow and comment on every single Apple article? I don't think you're as content as you claim.

43. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Maybe the same reason you troll every Samsung article.

48. apple-rulz

Posts: 2195; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

What’s wrong sissy, the Note 10+ isn’t enough to keep your mind off of Apple?

18. jellmoo

Posts: 2626; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Im no huge fan of the Mate 20, but at least they had the sense to center the giant camera module.

10. strawberry

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

don’t like stylus be it apple pencil or s-pen

11. drflint4u

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

The new iphones are already shaping to be 2019 biggest flop. Announcing a phone 7 months after S10 and still not as innovative as s10, huawei mate 30pro etc

20. midan

Posts: 3011; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

You misunderstood something, S10 is officially a flop. New iPhones will sell atleast 3-4 times more than S10.

31. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That's because if you want an iPhone, then Apple already knows that they limit their customers iPhone choices. If the iPhone XR hardware was sold as an Android smartphone, then you couldn't get $400 USD brand new for that hardware. Apple already knows if you want a new iPhone that they purposely limit their customers choices, and they purposely jack up the prices for their iPhones.

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