Citing supply chain sources, respected Japanese site Macotakara has revealed Apple will deliver significant battery improvements with its next-generation iPhone (currently dubbed ‘iPhone XI’ or ‘iPhone 11’).
The biggest crowdpleaser is long overdue: Macotakara states 2019 will finally be the year Apple ships new iPhones with a bundled fast charger. Like the optional fast charger Apple currently sells for $29, it will be 18W and include a USB-C to Lightning cable (currently $19).
Yes, the bad news is Apple is not transitioning the new iPhone line-up to USB-C (as has done with MacBook and iPad Pro ranges), but buyers will be saving almost $50 in fast charger accessories. The move also brings Apple in-line with the competition, since every rival smartphone maker has shipped fast chargers with their flagship phones for years.
In addition to this, Macotakara states Apple’s 2019 iPhones will be compatible with “Wireless PowerShare”. Already seen on Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy S10, it is slow but enables phones to wirelessly charge Qi-compatible devices placed on their back.
That said, Apple could improve upon this. The company accidentally leaked AirPower this week, a proprietary wireless charging tech which promises industry-leading speeds. Moreover, Apple just launched AirPods 2 alongside a wireless charging case. Coincidence? I doubt it as well.
Gordon Kelly Senior Contributor