Apple Analyst Predicts 2019 iPhones With Bigger Batteries, New Charging Option


Apple's next iPhones could be getting a boost to battery life and wireless charging capabilities this fall.

According to reports on a new research note from well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities, the 2019 iPhone lineup will feature larger batteries and an option for two-way wireless charging.

[Related: 'Very Odd': Apple Ditches Plans For AirPower Wireless Charging Mat]

Two-way wireless charging would allow the new iPhones to serve as wireless charging pads, capable of charging a second iPhone—or another wirelessly chargeable device, such as the new AirPods—by placing them on the back of the phone.

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The two-way wireless charging feature is available in devices such as Samsung's recently released Galaxy S10 lineup.

The disclosure comes just days after Apple revealed it has scrapped its development of the AirPower wireless charging mat, following a lengthy delay of the product.

The form factor for the upcoming iPhones is not expected to change, according to Kuo, with successors coming in the same sizes as the 5.8-inch iPhone XS, 6.5-inch XS Max and 6.1-inch XR.

A battery size increase is a leading upgrade that Kuo is predicting for the new iPhones. The successor model to the iPhone XS could get a battery that's as much as 25 percent larger, while the XS Max successor may get up to a 15 percent larger battery, according to reports on Kuo's research note.

The successor to the iPhone XR is not expected to see a significant increase in battery size, with an increase of between 0 percent and 5 percent predicted by Kuo.

Apple's iPhones have not traditionally been known for strong battery life, but with sales on a downward trajectory as of the latest quarter, it appears Apple may be looking for new ways to get iPhone owners to upgrade.