Ahead of Apple’s ‘By Innovation Only’ iPhone 11 event tomorrow, reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has detailed his expectations from the event in his latest investor note. As per the analyst, Apple will not be including reverse wireless charging on the iPhone 11 series.
We have been hearing rumors of the iPhone 11 series including reverse wireless charging since quite a few months. Many Android flagships like the Galaxy S10 series, Galaxy Note 10 series, Huawei Mate 30 series feature the same technology. However, Apple has decided to scrap the technology from the iPhone 11 as the charging efficiency is not up to Apple’s standard.
It will be disappointing if the new iPhones don’t ship with reverse wireless charging especially since the technology is already present on other flagship Android smartphones. The feature would have been useful to charge AirPods and Apple Watch while one is on the go.
He also confirms that the new iPhones will continue to ship with a Lightning connector and won’t support Apple Pencil.
On the bright side, Kuo expects the high-end iPhones to ship with an 18W USB-C adapter for fast charging. The $749 iPhone XR successor will continue to ship with a 5W USB-A power adapter. There were rumors of Apple including an 18W fast charger with the iPhone XS last year also but that did not happen. This year though, since the new iPhones will come with a bigger battery, it makes sense that Apple is bundling an 18W fast charger with them.
On the design front, Kuo says all three iPhones will have the same design and the size of the notch will also remain the same. He does note that Apple will launch the iPhones in new colors.
The highlight of the new iPhones will be the inclusion of ultra-wide band technology. This will help greatly improve the indoor navigation and mapping experience on these devices. Additionally, it will also be used for finding Apple Tags, Apple’s Tile-like tracking tags.
Due to the lack of innovative selling features, Kuo expects the sales of new iPhones to drop by 5-10% to around 65-70 million units.
Apple will be unveiling the iPhone 11 series alongside the Apple Watch Series 5 and more at its ‘By Innovation Only’ event tomorrow. You can find all the details on how to watch the 2019 iPhone 11 event live over here. You can find the local start time of the iPhone 11 event here.