Kuo: 2019 iPhone models to have frosted glass design, wirelessly charge other devices, and larger batteries

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According to a new report by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, 2019 iPhone models will feature a new frosted glass design, ability to wirelessly charge other devices, have larger batteries, and better specs. Here’s everything we know so far.

According to well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the 2019 iPhone line-up will mirror the current 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch OLED model, and entry-level 6.1-inch LCD model.

Kuo says, “The new 5.8″ OLED may support DSDS, and the new 6.1″ LCD may be upgraded to 4GB. All of part of the new models’ main upgrades include Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) for indoor positioning and navigation, frosted glass casing, bilateral wireless charging for charging other devices, upgraded Face ID (with a higher power flood illumination), larger batteries, and triple camera feature (wide, telephoto, and ultra-wide lens).”

According to some reports and sources, the iPhone 11 will feature a larger battery estimated at possibly 4,000mAh. But, as always, take source information with a grain of salt.

Kuo notes that the iPhone 11 will feature a new “Frosted Glass” casing, although details are scarce. Also noted is the addition of a “bilateral” wireless charging solution that effectively makes the iPhone act like its own wireless charging pad for other devices like AirPods 2.

Concept Image: Ben Geskin

Kuo also confirms previous reports of a triple-lens system on the highest-end Max model with wide, telephoto, and ultra-wide lens options.

Early last month, we reported that Sony was boosting production of their 3D camera sensors that offer a laser for 3D depth mapping after Apple showed interest, but Kuo did not mention it in his report.

The lower-end 2019 Xr is reported to get a spec bump to 4 GB of RAM, up from 3 GB in the current model.

It is expected that Apple will keep lightning around for another year, and possibly wait until 2020 to move over to USB-C.


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