2019's iPhones could wireless charge AirPods.
2019’s iPhones could wireless charge AirPods.

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Slowly but surely, a full picture of the so-called “iPhone 11” is starting to come together. Apple is already rumored to be adding a third rear camera to the iPhone. Now, rumors suggest this year’s unreleased iPhone models will have bigger batteries.

According to esteemed TF Securities International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5Mac), Apple will reportedly increase the size of the batteries included in its upcoming iPhones.

Kuo believes the 5.8-inch iPhone XS successor’s battery will be up to 25 percent bigger, and the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max’s replacement could have a 10 to 15 percent larger battery. 

The 6.1-inch iPhone XR successor won’t see nearly as large of a battery increase, though. He claims Apple’s least expensive Face ID-equipped iPhone will get a battery boost between 0 and 5 percent.

Kuo says the battery increase will be for “bilateral wireless charging” (also called reverse wireless charging), which would be useful for charging up another iPhone or an accessory like AirPods 2 with a wireless charging case.

Though iPhones have supported wireless charging since the iPhone 8, bilateral wireless charging would be completely new for Apple. 

Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro was the first phone to support bilateral wireless charging and Samsung followed suit with its own “Wireless PowerShare” feature on all of its Galaxy S10’s

With triple cameras and reverse wireless charging, this year’s iPhones sound like they’ll catch up to the best Android phones. But we hope there’s more in store. With iPhone declining iPhone sales, Apple needs to really wow with this year’s devices if it wants reverse the sales trend. 

Here’s my personal wishlist for the iPhone 11, but what do you want to see Apple add? What  feature(s) would get you to buy a new iPhone?

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