Last-Minute Apple Event Rumors: No Two-Way Charging on iPhones, 10.2-Inch iPad Expected, and More

Just hours ahead of today's Apple Event at Steve Jobs Theater, where the company is slated to unveil new iPhone and Apple Watch models, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has shared several last-minute expectations.

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First, Gurman has revised his prediction for the names of the 2019 iPhones. He now expects the next iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max to be called the iPhone 11, iPhone Pro, and iPhone Pro Max respectively. He previously expected the lineup to include the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro in two sizes.


Second, he expects Apple to unveil a new 10.2-inch iPad today, with previous rumors suggesting it will be a replacement for the $329 lower-end 9.7-inch iPad. Pricing and other details remain to be seen.


Third, Gurman has backed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's report that the widely rumored device-to-device charging feature on 2019 iPhones has been canceled. In a research note seen by MacRumors, Kuo said the feature has possibly been abandoned because "the charging efficiency may not meet Apple's requirements."

2019 iPhones were rumored to feature a Qi-based device-to-device charging feature allowing for an Apple Watch, AirPods, and other accessories to charge on the back of the iPhones, similar to Wireless PowerShare on the Galaxy S10.

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Wireless PowerShare on Samsung's Galaxy S10

Apple's keynote begins at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Apple will provide a live stream on its website, through its Apple Events app for the Apple TV, and even on YouTube for the first time. MacRumors will have up-to-the-minute coverage of all of Apple's announcements on our website and via @MacRumorsLive on Twitter.

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Top Rated Comments

Bazooka-joe Avatar
37 months ago
I love the comment made that said "The only thing Apple can charge is your credit card"
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rizzo41999 Avatar
37 months ago
The phone barely lasts a day on a full charge. Last thing I would want is another way to drain it.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fizzyfizz Avatar
37 months ago
Probably just me but I really dislike the sound of the iPhone being named 'Pro'. The iPhone 'Pro Max' sounds even worse!
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
G5isAlive Avatar
37 months ago
I shudder to think of the wailing and predictions of doom if a rumored feature (wireless charging) doesn't actually happen. One reason why I dont get overly excited about rumors. I personally don't care if it has it or not. But to some it will be as if their baby was kidnapped. Even though the feature was never official.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zombierunner Avatar
37 months ago
Where is the innovation??????????
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Relentless Power Avatar
37 months ago
A trillion dollar tech company can't figure out wireless charging?
Can you list a source where is states ‘Apple couldn’t figure’ it out?

As far as we know, “The charging efficiency may not meet Apple's requirements.” Nothing indicates that they ‘couldn’t figure it out’, it very well could be that it’s not beneficial enough for them to include it as a feature if the tangible charging benefits aren’t sufficient.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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