2019 iPhone Preview: Three Rear Snappers, USB-C, and Two-way Wireless Charging

2019 iPhone may be the iPhone we have been expecting for years

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It’s been nearly 12 years since Apple first released its iPhone to the public. The original iPhone changed the way the world communicates, paving the way for a new era of mobile technology to rise. Over the last 10 years, Apple has sold more than 1.5 billion iPhone units, making it the world’s first trillion-dollar public company.

Every year, thousands of people queue up in front of Apple Stores worldwide and try to lay their hands on new iPhones. As we enter the second quarter of 2019, we have high hopes for Apple’s next-generation iPhone, which will likely announce in September. Before the launch event, we have rounded up everything we know so far about Apple’s 2019 iPhone.

First, release date

September saw the unveiling of 10 major iPhones in the past alongside the Apple Watch lineup. In reality, Apple hosts its September event every year where it showcases new iPhones and smartwatches. So, there is no exception this year.

However, Apple has not specified when the event takes place, but we have heard that the 2019 iPhone launch will be on September 10, 2019. That’s two days earlier than the iPhone XS and XS Max launch.

Design

In 2016, the iPhone X marked the biggest design change since day one. Last year, the iPhone XS and XS Max took some design hints from the X while adding a bunch of new techs under the hood. So many have high hopes for a redesigned iPhone this year.

Some leaked images show that the 2019 iPhone will be packed with a three-camera setup on the back and a notch on the front. This seems plausible seeing that the Galaxy S10 Plus now have three rear snappers. Plus, the new iPhone will stick with a glass back and the same physical buttons as the iPhone XS and XS Max.

A reliable source says that the cameras on the 2019 iPhones will support Apple’s Time of Flight (ToF) technology, which will allow your devices to create detailed 3D maps of objects within 5 meters. In reality, Sony once debuted ToF technology at an event earlier this year, so it would make sense if Apple embraces Sony’s technology.

The current iPhones use the TrueDepth camera, a short-range 3D camera technology that maps your faces and expressions. In reality, rumors about Apple’s rear-facing 3D cameras in the 2019 iPhone lineup first began in 2017. At the time, Apple was said to hire a group of new engineers to work on its new 3D camera project.

However, Ming-Chi-Kuo, an analyst who is best known for his accurate forecasts when it comes to Apple devices, says that the ToF technology will not be ready until 2020 as it now does little to improve the photo quality and Apple needs more time to fit three lenses onto the back of its iPhones.

Update: Sources say that the 2019 iPhone will sport a 5.8-inch display, just like the current iPhone X and XS, but with smaller bezels. However, it won’t support 5G at launch. Tech experts say that this year’s iPhone will not come with a design revamp as previously rumored.

In terms of the camera, the 2019 iPhone’s front shooter will be upped to 11MP, while the rear snapper will have 14MP and 10MP lenses as well as a third one. Plus, only the iPhone 11 Max will be packed with a triple-camera setup, while the smaller device stick with two rear shooters.

As for the iPhone XR 2, the next generation model will have a dual-camera setup, up from a single lens on the current XR. However, Apple will cut some features to keep the price in check.

Update June 17, 2019: A reliable source says that 2019 iPhone will not include a top-notch as previously expected. Notch design was first introduced on an iPhone in 2017, but to be honest, I am not a big fan of a notch as it takes up some space on the screen. I’d love to see Apple copy the display cutout on the Galaxy S10.

Sources claim that Apple will ditch a notch this year. However, it remains how Apple will manage to integrate its TrueDepth snappers on the front of the phone. Apple might use a smaller lens on the front and relocate the microphone and speaker, which should be a right move.

Update: June 25, 2019: According to the latest leaks, the 2019 iPhone will feature a camera bump at the rear, redesigned mute switch, and a lightning cable port. Apple first used a camera bump on the iPhone X, which received mostly negative reviews from users. Plus, Apple will continue to use a glass design on the back this year.

As for the mute switch, the leaks show that Apple removes up and down buttons in favor of a slide button. The redesigned mute switch might pave the way for other hardware. Plus, Apple might stick with the lightning port instead of USB-C port. This goes against what we heard in previous rumors that Apple would switch to USB-C on future iPhones.

Update: July 2, 2019: According to the latest leaks, the iPhone 2019 lineup will feature a triple camera setup, while the iPhone XR 2 will stick with two snappers at the rear. Plus, this year’s iPhones will still feature a notch at the top. But Apple will upgrade the TrueDepth Camera for improved FaceID.

The third snapper is believed to be a 12MP ultra-wide angle, while the second shooter on the iPhone XR will include support for 2x optical zoom.

Update: July 9, 2019: The latest leaks show an iPhone with a logic board. Plus, the logic board features a rectangular design, so we believe it belongs to the next-generation iPhone XR, as the iPhone XS and XS Max have L-shaped logic boards.

Update: July 16, 2019: The latest rumors say that this year’s iPhone lineup will come with three screen sizes, including 6.5-inch OLED, 5.8-inch OLED, and 6.1-inch LCD. The two premium OLED models will feature a triple camera setup, while the 6.1 inch model sticks with a two cameras at the rear.

Update: July 18, 2019: Rumors regarding the 2020 iPhone have started to heat up. A reliable source says that 2020 iPhones to have a rear camera with 3D sensor to offer better AR functionality. This technology is similar to the TrueDepth camera on the current iPhone lineup. Plus, the 2020 iPhone will include support for 5G at launch.

Sources say that the next year’s iPhones will come in three screen sizes including 5.42″, 6.06″ and 6.67″.

USB-C ports

Apple now uses lightning ports on its iPhone models, but it is said to switch to USB-C this year. In reality, both MacBook and iPad Pro now rely on USB-C connectors for charging and file transfer, making the iPhone XS and XS Max absolute in Apple ecosystem.

The USB-C connector may be less familiar to some tech fans, but the fact that the whole industry is now following suit. USB-C makes it easier to connect to external displays, cameras, and keyboards. However, most of your old lightning accessories won’t work.

Two-way wireless charging

The 2019 iPhone lineup is expected to retain wireless charging capability from its previous models. We have heard rumors that this year’s iPhones may feature two-way wireless charging, just like the Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup.

If this is the case, you will be able to recharge other devices like AirPods using your phone. However, the feature will be restricted to Apple products

Smartphones with two-way wireless charging are becoming more popular out there. iPhone’s main rivals like the S10, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the Huawei P30 Pro already have the feature. So, it would make sense if the 2019 iPhones get two-way wireless charging at launch.

Better battery life

Battery life is something that concerns me when it comes to Apple iPhones. In reality, Apple does not expose the battery capacity of its devices, which annoys me. According to reliable reports, the iPhone XS has a 2,658 mAh battery, around 2.2 less capacity than the 2,716 mAh battery in the iPhone X.

Personally, I mainly use my phone to browse the web and watch Netflix and YouTube. And the iPhone X does not last all day as previously expected. The battery life dropped to around 20 percent when I finished the first 5 episodes of Marvel’s Daredevil. Sources say that the 2019 iPhone lineup will get around 25% battery boost. That’s not massive, but it will give you a full day of use.

A13 processor

Apple has been working hard to make every generation of the A-Series chip better and smarter. The current iPhone lineup uses the A12 Bionic chip, the first chip that’s built using the 7nm process, allowing for twice the performance when compared to the A11 chip while being 40% more energy efficient.

A report claims that the 2019 iPhone will use A13 processor at launch. It will be a 7nm chip manufactured by Apple’s long-time partner TSMC. Last year, Apple and TSMC reached an agreement which would see the Taiwanese firm supply millions of A13 chips used for future iPhones.

Sources say that the A13 chip entered production at one of TSMC’s facilities and will be ready to power the 2019 iPhone lineup at launch. According to the latest sources, the A13 chip will enhance the CPU multi-core performance and GPU, allowing for a smoother and faster gaming session and AR features.

Faster Face ID

Face ID is a big addition to the iPhone lineup. As the name suggests, it allows you to quickly unlock your iPhone with a simple glance. Last year, Apple debuted the second-generation Face ID along with new iPhones, allowing for faster unlock.

At this year’s WWDC, Apple confirmed that apps will launch up to twice as fast in iOS 13, which suggests that the next iPhone will come with a third-gen Face ID at launch, allowing for 30% faster unlock than the current gen. This sounds fair as the 2019 iPhone will come with a new chip.

Better Siri

Siri has been out there for years and gets better every year. At WWDC, Apple showed off a new Siri voice, but there was no mention of new tricks. However, Siri did get a bunch of cool new things in iOS 13.

In reality, Apple is opening Siri to outside services with its new Sirikit Audio tool. That means that you will be able to play music from other services like Pandora, Spotify, or Tide using Siri voice command. Sources say that Spotify will soon announce its support for Siri command. This seems plausible seeing that Spotify is now open to any app developer.

Dark mode

Dark mode is the biggest change coming to iOS 13. This is something that we have been demanding for years. Apple finally built it directly into its operating system, which eliminates the need for a third-party app.

2019 iPhone will run iOS 13 at launch, meaning that you will be able to turn everything to a darker color. However, we believe that dark mode will support third-party apps this fall as some apps like Twitter don’t make the switch.

iPhone XR 2

The iPhone XR is a less-expensive iPhone that was introduced last year. The XR features the same hardware as its siblings, iPhone XS, and XS Max, but it lacks some important features. The XR had a good start as it received millions of pre-orders prior to its public release.

iPhone XR 2
iPhone XR 2, possible?

Also read: Apple iPhone XR vs Samsung Galaxy S10e

Sources say that Apple is planning a second generation iPhone XR this year. One major drawback of the current XR is the display. Indeed, it has a True Tone Liquid Retina LCD display with a resolution of 1792 x 828 pixels. That’s a huge step-down when compared to the iPhone XS and XS Max. I’d love to see a better display on the XR 2 this year.

A 128GB model

Apple is expanding its iPhone’s internal storage every year. Sources say that this year’s iPhone will come with 128GB. Last year, Apple skipped the 128GB model and jumped straight from 64GB to 256GB. This means that Apple might discontinue the 64GB model and bump it up to 128GB instead.

Apple Pencil support

Apple Pencil is an iPad exclusive, allowing users to take notes and stretch their ideas directly on their tablet’s display. We have heard rumors that Apple might bring Apple Pencil support to its iPhone 2019 lineup. This seems plausible seeing how Apple made its stylus available on the standard iPad.

According to Ming-Chi-Kuo, an analyst who is best known for his accurate predictions when it comes to Apple products, Apple Pencil support is possible on future iPhones, but it remains unclear how Apple manages to make it work on the iPhone.

18-watt USB-C Power Adapter Included

We have heard rumors that Apple will move away from its traditional 5-watt USB power adapter, instead, adopting an 18-watt USB-C power adapter in the box. A reliable source today confirmed that 18-watt USB-C adapter will be included in the box this year, but that’s the same adapter that comes bundled with the iPad Pro.

However, that does not mean 2019 iPhones will come with USB-C ports. Sources claim that USB-C will not be ready on iPhones until 2020. In reality, Apple is planning to make a switch to USB-C and putting an 18-wat USB-C adapter in the box is a big part of making that happen.

An in-display fingerprint scanner

Apple has long been rumored to integrate an under-display fingerprint reader into its iPhone. A reliable source says that 2019 iPhone will feature an in-display scanner. Last week, rumors say that Apple secured a deal with a supplier in Taiwan to provide the company with components used for the feature.

Update: July 18th, 2019: This article was recently updated to reflect new changes. 

Wrapping Up

2019 iPhone rumors

Announcement September 10th, 2019
Design and camera The same glass back, three camera setup at the rear, and Apple’s Time of Flight (ToF) technology support
Connectivity USB-C instead of Lightning
Wireless charging Two-way wireless charging
Battery life 20-25% bigger than the iPhone XS and XS Max
Price Starting at $999
Dual-sim capabilities Yes

We are now five months away from Apple’s iPhone Special event. It’s hard to tell what exactly the 2019 iPhones will include. We will keep you updated as new information comes in.

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