2019 iPhone preview: Three rear snappers, USB-C, and two-way wireless charging

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

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.

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.

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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