The next iPhone, the 2019 iPhone or iPhone 11 or whatever Apple decides to call it, will likely stick with Lightning for charging, data syncing and audio out. A new report now suggests that Apple may finally be ready to bundle a faster 18W USB-C charging adapter and a Lightning to USB-C cable in the box though – which will be a first for the Cupertino major. But certainly not surprising, since Apple started shipping fast 18W USB Type-C chargers in the box with the 2018 iPad Pro models.
There have been reports that Apple is testing versions of the iPhone 2019 that ditch its Lightning port for USB Type-C charging and while it isn’t clear if Apple will go ahead with this, this year, the new report should bring a sigh of relief for many potential buyers. iPhones have been supporting fast charging since the iPhone 8 days, but Apple never bundles a fast charger in the box leaving users who want to make use of the tech no choice but to buy one separately.
Long-term Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had recently confirmed that the 2019 iPhone will support two-way wireless charging - similar to Samsung’s Power Share feature found inside the Galaxy S10 phones.
“We expect the new 2H19 iPhone models will support two-way wireless charging. Though the iPhone is not the first high-end smartphone to be equipped with two-way wireless charging, this new function could make it more convenient for users to charge the new AirPods and create a better integrated user experience of the iPhone and AirPods,” according to Kuo.
The two-way wireless charging feature should also give way to bigger batteries – while the iPhone XS Max successor is said to pack a 10 to 15 per cent bigger battery, the iPhone XS successor could see a 20 to 25 per cent jump in battery capacity. The iPhone XR successor is meanwhile said to gain the least – with a reported 0 to 5 per cent increase over the predecessor.
Bigger batteries, two-way wireless charging, and the bundled 18W USB Type-C fast charger in the box will indeed make a compelling selling point – at a time when iPhone sales are at an all-time low.