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.

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.

Update August 30: We have heard rumors that the iPhone XR 2 will be unveiled at Apple’s September event and the device will have 4GB of RAM, an upgrade from the 3GB RAM in the first generation.

An increased RAM allows for better multitasking and file transfer speed. This hints that the successors to the iPhone XS and XS Max will have up to 8G of RAM at launch.  That makes sense seeing that the recently-released Galaxy Note 10 has 12GB of RAM.

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.

No 3D Touch

3D Touch was first introduced on the iPhone 6s back in 2014. With 3D Touch, iPhone owners can carry out certain tasks on their handset. For instance, you can quickly open the camera or take selfies with a firm press on the Camera app icon.

Ming-Chi-Kuo, an analyst who is best known for his accurate forecasts when it comes to Apple new products, says that Apple will drop 3D Touch on this year’s iPhones, instead, adopting for a new pressure-sensitive technology. This makes sense seeing that Apple removed 3D Touch from its “budget” iPhone XR last year. Indeed, the iPhone XR features Haptic Touch, which is similar to trackpad Force Touch on the MacBook Pro.

Sources say that Apple is now working on a new technology called Taptic Engine, which will succeed the iPhone XR’s Haptic Touch.

No 5G support

5G is becoming more popular out there. Samsung added 5G support to its Note 10 Plus in select countries, which will makes sense if Apple will does the same this year. However, sources say that this year’s 2019 iPhone will not come with 5G support, as the company needs to wait until 5G hits more markets.

In reality, sources say that Intel is now producing 5G modem chips for future iPhones. The Cupertino firm is expected to switch to Intel’s modem chips in 2020. Qualcomm is currently Apple’s sole supplier of modem chips. In April, Apple and Qualcomm reached an agreement that will see the American chip maker provide millions of modem chips used for future iPhones.

Battery Life

Battery life is one of major concerns when it comes to new iPhones. In reality, we have a lot of complaints regarding the rapid battery life on recent iPhones. So, we are expecting that battery life will get an improvement on this year’s iPhones.

According to the latest sources, the 2019 iPhone will come with larger batteries up to 3,500 mAh. This makes sense seeing that this year’s iPhones will feature a lot of screen and hardware improvements that make drain your battery very quickly.

Dual Bluetooth audio output

Sources say that this year’s iPhones will come with support for dual Bluetooth audio output. Basically, that’s the feature that allows you to stream your audio to two devices at the same time. In reality, this feature is not something new as it has been available on Samsung devices for years. Apple AirPods now support dual Bluetooth audio output, but it is limited to Apple devices.

Update: August 22, 2019: Some reports say that this year’s iPhone will come with a USB-C Type Charger in the box, allowing for a faster charging. In reality, the current iPhones do not come with any type of fast charger in the box. Instead, Apple now uses a slow charger and charges $40 for a fast charger. Apple’s move receives mostly negative feedback, but things are going to change this year.

Today’s reports match with what we heard in previous rumors that Apple will start using USB-C Type on its 2019 iPhone lineup. Last year, Apple switched to USB-C on its iPad Pro, so it makes sense if Apple is doing the same this year.

Update: 30 August: Sources say that this year’s iPhone will feature Wi-Fi 6 at launch, making it one of the first smartphones to come with this technology. For some background, Wi-Fi 6 allows for higher data rates, better performance, and more power efficiency.

In reality, Samsung is the leading pioneer in providing Wi-Fi 6 to its smartphone lineup. Indeed, the Galaxy S10 is the world’s first smartphone with this technology on the market and Apple does not want to get left behind in the competition. However, tech experts say that the Cupertino firm needs more time to work on the new Wi-Fi technology and makes sure it works flawlessly on its iPhone.

2020 iPhones

Rumors regarding 2020 iPhones have started to heat up out there. We have heard rumors that Apple will introduce three OLED iPhones in September 2020, including a 5.4 inch model that will replace the current 5.8 inch model. Plus, there might be a 6.1 inch and 6.8 inch models.

According to Ming-Chi-Kuo, a well-known analyst who is famous for his accurate forecasts when it comes to Apple products, the 2020 iPhones will come with 3D camera at launch, which will serve as an updated version of Face ID.

One of the biggest additions to 2020 iPhone lineup lies in an under-display fingerprint scanner. In reality, Apple has long been rumored to integrate a fingerprint reader that works under the display, but the Cupertino firm gave up its plan to make it possible on the iPhone X or XS.

In terms of hardware, the 2020 iPhones will feature A14 processor at launch. Last month, TMSC, one of Apple’s long-term partner that designs the A-Series chips for Phones, says that its 5-nanometer chip is now ready to ship to smartphone makers, which paves the way for A14 chip in 2020.

Besides, Apple is believed to stop using Intel chips on MacBook models in 2020, instead, adopting its own chips. In reality, Apple has been working on its own desktop chips for years in an attempt to reduce its heavy dependence on Intel.

Plus, 2020 iPhone will support 5G connectivity, making it the first iPhone model with this technology. In reality, 5G was previously rumored to be part of 2019 iPhones lineup, but sources say that Apple is not ready yet to use 5G on this year’s iPhones.

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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