In a research note to investors outlining Apple’s plans for 2019, renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo confirmed that this year’s new iPhone lineup, which is expected to mirror that of the current lineup, will feature significantly higher-capacity batteries to accommodate two-way wireless charging.
Kuo says the 6.5-inch XS Max and 5.8-inch OLED iPhone XS models as well as the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone XR model will all add support for bilateral wireless charging this year. Two-way wireless charging (also known as reverse charging), a feature that debuted with the launch of Huawei’s flagship Mate 20 Pro smartphone last year, would give iPhone users a more integrated experience with AirPods and Apple Watch.
According to Kuo, the two-way wireless charging function will enable a user to place other wireless-charging devices on the back of an iPhone and draw charge from it.
“We expect the new 2H19 iPhone models will support two-way wireless charging. Though the iPhone is not the first high-end smartphone to be equipped with two-way wireless charging, this new function could make it more convenient for users to charge the new AirPods and create a better integrated user experience of the iPhone and AirPods.”
In his note, via 9to5Mac, Kuo says he believes battery boards included in 2019 iPhones will increase in size. The analyst predicts that battery capacities for the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max successor could increase by up to 15 percent, while the battery capacity for the 5.8-inch XS successor could see a power hike of between 20 to 25 percent. The 6.1-inch iPhone XR is expected to get minimal battery gains than the two premium upcoming iPhone models, with Kuo predicting a 0-5 percent bump.
Apple is expected to unveil the new iPhone lineup during a fall keynote.
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