Two-way charging and bigger batteries rumored for 2019 iPhones

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2019 iPhone
The 2019 iPhone might be able to charge other gadgets on the go.
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The next iPhones might steal a page out of Samsung’s playbook.

Apple is reportedly planning to add two-way charging that will allow it to recharge your Apple Watch, AirPods and even other iPhones.

Samsung introduced two-way charging this year on its Galaxy S10+. The feature, called Wireless PowerShare, gives users the ability to recharge anything supported by the Qi wireless charging protocol, even the iPhone.

Two-way wireless charging

News of Apple adding two-way charging on the 2019 iPhone first surfaced in February. In a new report out this morning, Ming-Chi Kuo gave more details about the possible iPhone feature. Battery boards will be supplied by Compeq while STMicro is set to supply the two-way wireless charging controller.

Two-way wireless charging would give iPhone users a more integrated experience with AirPods and Apple Watch. Apple will also reportedly add a bigger battery to the phones to give users more juice to share.

Kuo claims battery capacity will increase between 10 percent and 25 percent on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max successors. The iPhone XS successor will get the biggest gains, while the iPhone XR successor is expected to get minimal battery gains.

Other rumored features for the 2019 iPhone lineup includes a three-lens camera on the back, improved Face ID sensors, a more powerful A13 processor and possibly support for Apple Pencil. Apple is expected to unveil the phone during a fall keynote.