These are some of the rumored features that failed to make the cut at Apple's new product event

These are some of the rumored features that failed to make the cut at Apple's new product event
The seats are all empty at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino as Apple wrapped up its new product event hours ago. And of course, all of the stories will mention the new features found on the 2019 iPhones, the seventh generation iPad and the Apple Watch Series 5. But what about the new features that analysts and experts were expecting on these devices that were not mentioned today?

No reverse wireless charging for the 2019 iPhones


Perhaps the most widely expected new feature for the 2019 iPhones, reverse wireless charging, was conspicuous by its absence. It would have been even more so had top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo not issued a report late yesterday revealing that Apple had decided not to include it on the new models. Reverse wireless charging debuted on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro last year, and is called Wireless PowerShare by Samsung for its flagship Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 phones. It allows the rear panel of a handset to be used as a wireless charging pad. For example, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 users can flip their phone face down and power up the Samsung Galaxy Buds using the latter's wireless charging case. Certain smartwatches and compatible phones can also be charged in this fashion.

Kuo's report last night suggested that Apple put the kibosh on reverse wireless charging because the "charging efficiency may not meet Apple’s requirements." However, Kuo had said last April that Apple was hiking the size of the batteries on the new iPhones to provide the devices with extra power to share using "bilateral wireless charging". Apple did note today that it has greatly expanded the battery life for the iPhone 11 (by up to one hour), iPhone 11 Pro (by up to four hours) and iPhone 11 Pro Max (by up to five hours). Whether that was part of an original plan to include reverse wireless charging is something that only Apple can tell us.

Another feature that didn't appear in today's event, iPhone Pro support for the Apple Pencil, always seemed like a longshot. In late July Citi Research, the research arm of Citibank's Private Banking unit, sent a report to clients indicating that they expected Apple Pencil/stylus support on the 2019 iPhone models. That was followed by an iPhone 11 Pro Max case render from Olixar which included a sleeve for the accessory.

And no, Apple did not include a rainbow coated logo on the back of the new phones. This was a rumor that we reported on last month.

Next year's iPhones should include a redesign, support for 5G, a Type-C charging port, reverse wireless charging, and perhaps an underwater mode that would allow users to navigate the touchscreen and take quality photos while swimming or diving. The rumor season for the 2020 iPhones officially begins now.

Apple Watch Series 5 still doesn't have a native sleep monitoring app


The Apple Watch Series 5 has a new always-on display that no one saw coming, but a couple of new features that some were hoping for did not appear. While blood pressure monitoring had been rumored for the Series 6 version of the Apple Watch, earlier this month a report citing Apple insiders said that the feature would be found on this year's timepiece; that turned out not to be the case, raising the blood pressure of those who were hoping for such a tool. Additionally, there was another report that called for Apple to include "Time in Bed tracking" on the Series 5 Apple Watch. This feature would track the user's sleeping patterns including movements and heart rate and would analyze it on the Health app. Sorry, but Apple did not announce a native sleep tracking app for the latest iteration of its smartwatch.

Both of these missing features could show up on next year's Apple Watch.

No Apple Glasses, no 3rd-generation AirPods


Apple made no announcements about third-generation AirPods. Apple will surely announce a new water-resistant version of its wireless Bluetooth earbuds with noise-cancellation, improved sound, and longer battery life, but it didn't happen today. And while Tim Cook was wrapping up the event, we could just imagine him saying that there was "one more thing." But that never occurred, and so the manufacturer's mixed-reality Apple Glasses will have to wait for at least one more year.

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34 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7356; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

- IPhone 11 doesn't include the quick charger. - No USBC. - minimum storage still 64 GB.

14. Alan01

Posts: 611; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

We reported that last night after Kuo's report. Regards, Alan

2. Xavier1415

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

And it will get a 93 on iPhone arena

35. jamesgam7

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

watch them make it a 94 instead lmao.

3. Mike88

Posts: 391; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

I won’t change sides here but there was a time I used to praise Samsung for their amazing next gen technology but soon android along with Samsung started to ruin itself and became a joke. Apple has done something similar with these disappointing products. I felt it more like an android event only worse. I think they lost their design direction after Jon Ivy. There was not a single noticeable add on to the new line up whether it’s the iPhone 11 pro or Apple Watch series 5. Don’t try to fool people by the camera. Its nothing compared to my Sony alpha High end camera. What else you got apple? The new iPhones look like cheap Chinese copies.

4. Mike88

Posts: 391; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

And no my account isn’t hacked. I really hated the new devices, the whole launch event and everything Tcook said.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7356; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

No Mike88 Apple's iPhones don't compare. Apple is way worse compared to any other OEM. As a matter of fact if Apple didn't change the cameras this year, then it would be the XS with an A13 SoC. Same everything. You try and throw Samsung under the bus by saying they haven't changed much. But Samsung has made over 40 different models, including a foldable smartphone. Samsung tries at least new things. Apple just copies from others. It's so blatantly obvious. If you can't see that, then you are a blind sheeple.

21. Saioofi

Posts: 342; Member since: May 23, 2014

“Samsung tries new things” lol they’ve been using the exact same camera sensors for years now and they’re obviously behind the competition in terms of the camera

27. Mike88

Posts: 391; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

You are blind sdogsell, you know how excited I was for the new apple product lineup but if they are disappointing this time, I admitted it instead of praising them for no reason like you do for every android device no matter how horrible it is and how you never buy it yourself. Clearly I am not a sheep. I am not tied to any brand, I respect tech and the brand which brings the beat out of it. But in this case iPhones got boring this year but android didn’t become better. I was thinking about the new fold this time but you keep reminding me how bad I’ll look while using android when I see users like you.

18. lyndon420

Posts: 6780; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

@Mike88 - Good to hear. The majority of the globe did also...lol

11. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1107; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

To be fair, design was ruined way before Johny left. I never liked Apple but I really loved the design of iPhone 5S. It was the best iPhone design ever. Over the years, Apple has found new ways to make each iteration of iPhone uglier than the last one.

28. Mike88

Posts: 391; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Maybe you missed the X series. iPhone XS remains the best looking iPhone ever. It has glossy back, got the cameras right, got the apple logo where it should be and iPhone is printed clean on the back. iPhone 11 pro got everything wrong.

16. mackan84

Posts: 453; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

I don’t really see how someone will compare a high end camera to a smartphone camera? You’ll just have to wait for tech to be ready like everybody else. Besides that the prime selling point for flagships are the cameras. They can only improve on what it did last year. Try to come up with something revolutionary that will go mainstream, it’s hard af. It’s still just a smartphone.

29. Mike88

Posts: 391; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

If camera becomes the prime selling point for a smartphone, the whole smartphone industry is going into the wrong direction. Phone cameras are nothing more than docs scanner and quick photo taking when necessary. Everyone prefers real camera on holidays and any place you would like to take real photos. I understand everyone doesn’t buy a camera these days but the audience apple try to target by its price. We got serious cameras and as smartphone cameras are getting better, real cameras are getting much better. Watch the new mirrorless range from Sony. I am just saying don’t try to make a wide angle lens, the only thing you got in your next flagship.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31025; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This keynote was a bit of a letdown. No split screen, no pencil support, no picture in picture, no themes or different look to the UI, no reverse wireless charging. Widgets still kinda suck with their placement. Mehhh. I say wait till 2020, and get more bang for your buck. This is a nice mild upgrade, but my Max will fill my iPhone needs for another year. If I was to get a phone this year, it would be a Note 10+ 5G. And the Series 5, is actually the Series 4.5. PhoneArena rating for iPhone 11 9.9999

6. Mike88

Posts: 391; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

As the galaxy fold is fixed, I think it’s better. I don’t know, can’t downscale to android though.

13. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1107; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

You're entitled to your opinion and I can respect that however "Downscale" is the other way around IMO. There was a time iPhone was the best designed phone in the market, had the best camera and iOS, even though lacking in features and productivity, was more polished than android. Now it's none of the above. Design is the ugliest. Camera is lagging behind the competition. iOS isn't even comparable to Android. Only thing Apple has better is A13.

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7356; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple bragged about the A13 and it's 1 trillion operations per second. Yet it has no split screen multitasking. iPhone 11 pro is definitely not comparable to any Androud, especially the latest Note 10.

23. Saioofi

Posts: 342; Member since: May 23, 2014

You guys are hilarious. 1- it’s one of the fastest and smoothest phones out there 2- it’s the best phone for taking videos 3- “design is the ugliest” you forgot about the pixel line? 4- iOS is now the closest as ever in terms of features and productivity especially with iOS 13 being just around the corner You’re trying way too hard kiddo

31. sgodsell

Posts: 7356; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Your point 1 is definitely moot. How much more smooth does the iPhone have to get? What good is being the fastest single tasking smartphone around? Each year we hear the same song and dance. It's the fastest this and that. Yet the point is Apple's iPhones won't do any real multitasking with split screen multitasking like other smartphones. I believe Apple is doing this purposely nowadays. Especially since it will kill off their iPad minis, and cannibalize their other iPad lineup. That's the real truth. Think about it, there is 7" Android smartphones, and they cannibalize their own Android tablets. Even Samsung's latest Note 10+ with their 6.8" screen cannibalize their own tablets. Look at LG with a dual screen smartphone that folds two screens, and is both a smartphone and a tablet. There is so many Android OEMs that will step up, and try to go to the next step, and try to bring the next evolution to smartphones. Some fail, and some don't. That's why Apple has been following for years now. That's just a fact. Android smartphones have had wide angle cameras for many years. Apple is a follower and not a leader any more.

8. JamesW

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

It's crazy to me how the max still isn't capable of split screen. Such a useful feature for any phone and you would think it's a basic feature at this point.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31025; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I just don’t get it.

33. sgodsell

Posts: 7356; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think Apple knows that a split screen iPhone XS Max, or 11 pro Max with its 6.5" screen would kill off Apple's iPad minis. There wouldn't be a need for them. Plus a split screen iPhone would cannibalize their own larger iPads. This happened to Android tablets as well.

34. TBomb

Posts: 1471; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

yeah, they're invested in iPad, as seen with their iPad OS. There's a quote somewhere that when Jobs was running it, Apple wasn't afraid to cannibalize it's own products. I think Cook is too focused on making money to do that. Why sell an iPhone with split screen for cost of iPhone when you can sell an iPhone and iPad for the cost of an iPhone and iPad?

12. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1107; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

More like Victor's rating 9.5 He'll write few s**tty articles about all the shortcomings of iPhone and then conveniently leave them from the cons so he can justify the high rating.

7. JamesW

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

This happens every year. Bloggers always hype up features that don't make it as Apple doesn't do many changes. They survive based on users thinking they're superior because they own a lackluster "iPhone".

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4194; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

No Apple Tags either.

15. mackan84

Posts: 453; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Man I forgot about those! Damn it!

20. Demo-jay

Posts: 69; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

The iphone might be a let down but enough about the spilt screen bull and multitasking xit...how can a company be stupid to allow such futures that makes the ipad a go too device for multitasking...android failed long ago and right now it wishes it had a different version for tablets only...which ofcoz would have helped sales of tabs but there is nothing new they can employ coz it’s already there on phones....

32. sgodsell

Posts: 7356; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

See you believe the hype and propaganda that Android has failed in terms of tablets. When that is not true. Android smartphones grew and grew, and they cannibalized their own tablets. Android apps can run on Chromebooks and Chrome tablets. Android smartphones support real multitasking with with split screen multitasking. Foldable smartphones are in the Android camp today. Even Android 10 added more support for foldables. Look at LG with their dual screen G8X is another new form of foldable. It's new it's different. Will it succeed, or fail? I don't know, but at least Android OEMs are leading the way. Apple for years has been following, and will continue to follow. Apple knows that if they made their iPhones support split screen multitasking, then it would kill off Apple's iPad minis. The sales would die off for those iPads, plus it would cannibalize their larger iPads as well. That's the real truth.

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