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Kuo Shares 2019 iPhone Expectations: 18W USB-C Charger for Higher-End Models, Bilateral Wireless Charging Might Not Happen

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Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo this afternoon sent out a note to investors recapping his expectations for Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup, which is set to be unveiled during tomorrow’s September 10 event.

Much of what’s included covers details that we’ve previously heard many times, though Kuo offers up concrete information on some rumors that were previously not confirmed, along with some new information on the potential bilateral wireless charging feature.


Here’s a roundup of the information shared in the report:

  • New iPhones won’t support Apple Pencil.
  • New iPhones will feature a Lightning connector, not a USB-C port.
  • 5.8 and 6.5-inch OLED models will ship with an 18W adapter with a USB-C connector.
  • The 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will continue to ship with a 5W power adapter with a USB-A connector.
  • The new iPhones may not support two-way wireless charging after all “because the charging efficiency may not meet Apple’s requirements.”
  • Design and notch of new iPhones to be unchanged. New colors expected (likely referring to the new colors for the XR).
  • Triple-lens cameras for the 5.8 and 6.5-inch iPhones.
  • All three iPhones will offer ultra-wideband support for improved indoor navigation and object tracking purposes.

Ultra-wideband support is perhaps one of the most interesting changes that’s gotten limited coverage. It’s a short-range, low-power radio technology that offers more precise indoor positioning than Bluetooth LE and WiFi, which suggests that Apple’s rumored Tile-like Apple Tags for keeping track of lost objects will be more accurate than products from competitors.

On the other details included in the note, we’ve heard reports of Apple’s plans to introduce 18W chargers, but previous rumors didn’t indicate that the chargers would be limited to the iPhone XS and XS Max successors.

Bilateral wireless charging, which would allow the iPhone to charge devices like the AirPods and the Apple Watch, has long been rumored. In fact, a recent report from Bloomberg suggested Apple is moving the Apple logo on the new iPhones from the top to the middle of the devices specifically for this feature, so two-way wireless charging may still be in the works.

Kuo says that he expects shipments of the new iPhone models will decline by 5 to 10 percent year over year to 65 to 70 million units because of a “lack of innovative selling points.” iPhone shipments in 2019 still might reach 180 million units, though, thanks to “demand boosted by price-cut legacy iPhone models.”

We don’t have long to wait to see what’s in store for the 2019 iPhone lineup. Apple’s iPhone event will kick off at 10:00 a.m Pacific Time. MacRumors will be providing live coverage of the event both here on MacRumors.com and on the MacRumorsLive Twitter account.

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