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2019 iPhones Said to Feature Larger Batteries Up to 3,500 mAh, Next iPhone XS May Have Dual Nano-SIM in China

Apple is widely expected to unveil three new iPhones in just under three weeks, and ahead of time, Taiwanese supply chain publication DigiTimes has shared a laundry list of its expectations for the devices.


The paywalled report corroborates several existing rumors, including the 2019 iPhones having the same display sizes as the 2018 lineup, including 5.8-inch OLED, 6.5-inch OLED, and 6.1-inch LCD models. All three iPhones are said to feature Face ID, with no changes to the notch area and no 3D Touch.

DigiTimes also expects the 2019 iPhones to feature A13 processors manufactured based on TSMC's 7nm process, two-way charging of wearables like the Apple Watch and AirPods on the back of the iPhones, and new colors, in line with a previous rumor of new green and lavender finishes for the next iPhone XR.

The report adds that battery capacities will increase to around 3,200 mAh, 3,500 mAh, and 3,000 mAh for the next iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR respectively, which would be around 20 percent, 10 percent, and two percent larger than the batteries in the equivalent 2018 iPhones.

Korean website The Elec previously claimed the next iPhone XR will sport a 3,110 mAh battery, which could still be accurate given that DigiTimes appears to be roughly estimating its reported capacities.

And, of course, more cameras. The next iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models are widely expected to sport triple-lens rear cameras, while the next iPhone XR is rumored to gain a dual-lens rear camera. On the higher-end models, the third lens is rumored to enable a "0.5x" ultra-wide-angle viewfinder.

Much of this information has already been outlined by respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, including two-way charging and battery capacities increasing by roughly the percentages outlined above, but this information from the DigiTimes Research division in Taiwan adds further credence as the new iPhones near launch.

The report does outline one new possibility, claiming that Apple may release a 5.8-inch iPhone with dual nano-SIM support this year, which would likely be limited to the Chinese market. Last year, Apple released the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR with dual nano-SIM slots in China, but the iPhone XS lacked this.

All three iPhones feature dual SIM support in other countries by way of a single nano-SIM paired with an eSIM inside the device. This functionality enables iPhone users to have two phone numbers available at once, which is useful for travel or having both personal and work lines on a single iPhone.

Tuesday, September 10 is the widely predicted date of Apple's event, with invites to the media likely to be issued towards the end of August. MacRumors will have live coverage of the keynote as usual.

For more rumors, read our 2019 iPhones roundup.

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12 weeks ago

Confirmed: No reason to upgrade from an XR.

Dude, there never is, or was.
Ride your XR to its sunset.
There is plenty of liveliness on these disposables for a three- to four-year cycle.
But, just my opinion.
Rating: 18 Votes
12 weeks ago
Confirmed: No reason to upgrade from an XR.
Rating: 11 Votes
12 weeks ago
How about dual SIM for the rest of the world?
Rating: 10 Votes
12 weeks ago
Still rocking my iPhone SE. These device shells with the giant camera wart look awful; painfully awful. At this point, just make the whole shell *that thickness* if the camera system is now gonna be *that* big. Expand the shell, and Make iPhone Flat Again! #MiFA
Rating: 9 Votes
12 weeks ago
Cool, i'm even more excited to not upgrade this year.
Rating: 7 Votes
12 weeks ago
0 Comments for 0 fresh information.
Rating: 7 Votes
12 weeks ago
Thanks, this helped my resolve to remain uninterested in this years iPhone. LMAO!!!
Rating: 6 Votes
12 weeks ago
Have no interest in charging my wearables via my iPhone but the battery boost will be a welcome addition
Rating: 6 Votes
12 weeks ago
More battery would be nice especially in the XS. I like the size, but I miss the battery life of my previous Plus model.
Rating: 5 Votes
12 weeks ago
Everyone might be uninterested in this year, but I'm getting one. Currently on an android and cant wait for this years model to come out.

And yes 2020 might be the one to get, but I'm gonna enjoy this one and when the day for the next one comes I'll decide what to do then.
Rating: 5 Votes

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