The iPhones badly need a ton of battery charging improvements, and they are likely to come with the upcoming iPhone 11. It’s a shame that Apple continues to ship the latest iPhone XS with the ridiculously slow 5W charger and a USB-A to Lightning cable despite adding support for fast charging. If users wanted to take advantage of fast charging, they would have to buy a separate power brick and a USB-C to Lightning cable. Almost all Android phones that support fast charging come with a fast charger in the box.
Bidirectional wireless charging: One of the biggest battery charging improvements
The flagship iPhones lack bidirectional wireless charging, which Android vendors such as Samsung and Huawei have been offering for quite a while on their phones. Samsung’s latest Galaxy S10 offers reverse wireless charging, allowing you to charge compatible devices and accessories by putting them on the back of the phone.
If a new report is to be believed, Apple is going to make many battery charging improvements with the iPhone 11. Sources familiar with the matter told Japanese blog Mac Otakara that Apple would add reverse wireless charging to iPhone 11, which will be a major improvement over the existing wireless charging. It will allow you to charge your Apple Watch and AirPods cases by placing them on the back of your iPhone 11, without requiring a cable.
Mac Otakara has a reliable track record when it comes to Apple-related leaks. The publication added that Apple will use the same Wireless PowerShare technology that we’ve seen on the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro for reverse wireless charging. TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also predicted earlier this year that the 2019 iPhones would offer bidirectional wireless charging.
The new AirPods Wireless Charging case could also be compatible with revere wireless charging on the iPhone 11. The support for bidirectional wireless charging also means that the upcoming iPhones would pack bigger batteries. The battery should be large enough to ensure the iPhone lasts a full day of normal usage while also charging the Apple Watch and AirPods cases.
The iPhone 11 will also get a fast 18W charger
Talking about other battery charging improvements, Mac Otakara revealed that the iPhone 11 would come with a fast charger in the box. Finally, you could say goodbye to the 5W charger. The device will ship with an 18W USB charger, which will be a welcome move. Apple began shipping the 18W power adapter with the iPad Pro last year.
The Japanese publication added that the iPhone 11 would continue to use the Lightning connector, though it will ship with a USB-C to Lightning cable. The existing iPhones ship with a USB-A to Lightning cable. The new iPad Air and iPad mini that debuted earlier this month also retain the Lightning port. Apple first introduced the Lightning port with the iPhone 5S in 2012.
Shipping the upcoming iPhones with an 18W fast charger and USB-C to Lightning cable to could hurt Apple’s revenues. The company currently ships the iPhones with 5W power adapter, and separately sells the 18W fast charger for $29 and the USB-C to Lightning cable for $19. But then Apple doesn’t like the idea of hurting its profit margins, so it could increase the prices of the iPhone 11.
Suspiciously, the AirPower wireless charging mat has been missing from the scene since its unveiling in September 2017. If or when it comes out, it would allow you to charge your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods wirelessly. Apple accidentally leaked AirPower a few days ago, indicating that its release could be just around the corner.
Other expected iPhone 11 features
Rumors about the iPhone 11 have been swirling around for months, even though the device is a long time away. According to the rumor mill, the iPhone 11 Max would feature a triple camera system on the back. It would consist of two 14MP lenses and a 10MP lens. The other two models – successors to the iPhone XS and iPhone XR – are said to get dual cameras on the back. All three phones would feature a 10MP sensor on the front for selfies.
The iPhone 11 is also expected to get an upgraded Face ID. It should run Apple’s custom A13 processor and the iOS 13 software out of the box. According to recent reports, the iOS 13 would bring a system-wide Dark Mode for easier night-time viewing and many iPad-specific improvements such as a revamped Files app, a new Home screen, and the ability to tab through different pages of the same app like pages in a web browser.
People hoping for a 5G iPhone this year are going to be disappointed because the first 5G iPhones won’t arrive until 2020 at the earliest.