In this week's Apple Core rundown we're taking a look at the latest iPhone 11 rumors and why Apple may have to wait even longer to bring 5G connectivity to the iPhone. Also: Why Apple's new Powerbeats Pro could give the AirPods 2 a run for their money, and how the demise of the AirPower mat has spawned a new generation of wireless charging options that can power up your many devices.
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2019 iPhone gets two-way wireless charging
According to longtime Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo, as cited in MacRumors, Apple will add two-way wireless charging to its 2019 iPhone lineup, which we're calling iPhone 11. This would let you charge your AirPods (assuming you have the wireless charging case) and a second Qi enabled device on the back your 2019 iPhone. Though this would be new to iPhone owners, it's a feature other Android phones already offer. Samsung just debuted a similar feature in its new lineup of Galaxy S10s.
The report also mentioned that Apple would increase the size of the battery in the 2019 iPhones, which we hope would translate into longer battery life.
And that might be one of the most exciting upgrades to look forward to in the 2019 iPhone, because they're rumored to be very similar to the 2018 lineup. Previous rumors have suggested Apple will stick with the same three models and the same general design, dimensions and displays as the XS, XS Max and XR.
Apple may add a second lens to the front-facing camera, and a third ultra-wide-angle lens to the rear-facing camera of the new iPhones, but it's unclear whether this feature would come to all three models or would be exclusive to the more expensive Max.
Early rumors suggested we'd see a smaller notch, flat edges and a USB-C port instead of Lightning on the new iPhones, similar to what Apple did with the 2018 iPad Pros, but Kuo's report seems to debunk these claims.
2020 iPhones will be all OLED, but no 5G?
With months to go before the 2019 iPhone launch, rumors about the 2020 iPhones have already started to gain steam, maybe because they seem slightly more exciting.
A new Digitimes report out this week says Apple could launch an all OLED lineup in 2020 in different sizes. This upgrade would suggest a redesign. The smallest iPhone model would have a 5.42-inch display, compared with the 5.8-inch screen on the iPhone XS (the current smallest), with the largest one topping off at 6.67-inches, an increase over the already massive iPhone XS Max. The overall footprint, however, may remain the same if Apple is able to reduce the size of the bezels and get rid of the notch. But in this case the price of these phones would correlate to the size of the phone.The XR sequel, which would upgrade to an OLED screen, would shrink from the 6.1-inch LCD screen of this year's model to 5.42-inches.
Just don't expect the price to change. The report also suggests Apple will continue to rely on other manufacturers like Samsung to provide the OLED screens on these iPhones, the priciest component on the device. LG and BOE are also said to be vying to supply screens for Apple.
We'd also heard that the 2020 iPhone lineup could include a foldable model and 5G connectivity, but this week's rumors seem to suggest otherwise. A new report by UBS Analyst Timothy Arcuri suggests Apple's legal woes with Qualcomm may delay a 5G iPhone beyond 2020. Android phones like Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G and Galaxy Fold, Huawei's Mate X, Xiaomi's Mi Mix 3 5G and the Moto Z3 with the Moto Mod have already started offering these features in 2019, with more to come over the next year.
But as with all the rumors, these should be taken with a grain of salt until Apple gives the official word. After all, it wasn't even a week ago that the rumor mill was buzzing about an imminent AirPower launch.
The new Powerbeats Pro take on the AirPods 2
The AirPods may face some steep competition from a new member of their own family. This week Apple gave us an early preview of its new Powerbeats Pro, a truly wireless version of the existing Powerbeats 3.
The Powerbeats Pro have the same H1 chip as the newly released AirPods, which gives you seamless compatibility with iOS devices and always-on Siri to control your music without having to dig for your phone, but they're a much sportier alternative to the AirPods.
Design-wise they look like a slightly more compact, cable-free version of their predecessors, with an in-ear bud and a clip that wraps around your ear for a secure fit intended to stay in place during a workout. There are three different color options to choose from and they're meant to hold up to those intense sweat sessions with their water resistant exterior. More importantly, they sound better than the AirPods, according to CNET Executive Editor David Carnoy, who tested them out at a preview event in New York.
They have a larger battery than the AirPods, with an estimated nine hours of listening time, but the charging case is almost three times the size, and they don't have a wireless charging alternative. The case charges via Lightning cable.
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