|Apple's new iPhone models for 2019 are now having more features and a longer battery capacity / Photo by: Yoshifusa via Wikimedia Commons|
Apple's iPhone lineup for 2019 could feature new models with notably larger battery capacity, said TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a research note on Sunday.
According to the note, which was sent to investors on Monday, Kuo predicted that Apple Inc. will likely feature higher-capacity batteries in its newest iPhones, which could serve as the tech giant's main selling point as sales growth of the said smartphone has slowed down in recent years. Surveys have shown battery life is the number-one reason why consumers upgrade to a new device, CNBC reported.
It added that Apple's iPhone lineup is predicted to look similar to its current offering. Kuo expected the tech giant to launch a 5.8-inch iPhone (an upgrade on the existing iPhone XS), a 6.5-inch iPhone (much like the current iPhone XS Max), and a 6.1-inch device that features a lower-cost screen (which corresponds to its iPhone XR).
“Battery capacities of new 6.5″ OLED, 5.8″ OLED and 6.1″ LCD significantly increase by 10% to 15%, 20% to 25%, and 0% to 5% compared to last year’s models,” Kuo said, as quoted by CNBC.
The analyst's note also suggested that the batteries would have the same physical size as those in the models released this year. However, the new ones will feature a higher power capacity in the same amount of volume, the business news site reported.
Kuo said one reason why Apple might install bigger batteries into its 2019 phones is that the units could gain a two-way charging capability. This capacity would allow the user to place their AirPods, Apple Watch, or other wireless-charging devices on the iPhone's back and draw in power from it.
Its rivals, Samsung and Huawei, have recently launched phones that have this feature.
“Though the iPhone is not the first high-end smartphone to be equipped with two-way wireless charging, this new function could make it more convenient for users to charge the new AirPods and create a better-integrated user experience of the iPhone and AirPods,” the analyst wrote.