What to expect from next month’s iPhone 11 refresh

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Here are all the things we think Apple has up its sleeve.
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The 2019 iPhone lineup is just weeks away from getting its grand unveiling. And according to recent rumors, it could be a lot more exciting than we first anticipated.

Faster chips and an extra camera sensor may not be the only reasons to upgrade this year. Two-way wireless charging, improved Face ID, and Apple Pencil support could also be on Apple’s list.

Here’s everything we expect from next month’s iPhone refresh.

OtterSpot’s new stacking batteries take wireless charging to fresh heights

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The OtterSpot Charging Base can power multiple OtterBox Wireless Charging Batteries and a device at the same time.
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The OtterSpot is a new twist on mobile wireless charging. It starts with a base station sending current to a portable battery that has built-in Qi inductive charging. This battery powers up an iPhone or Android, either at home or one the go. Multiple batteries can be stacked and charged at once.

The company behind this new system is OtterBox, well known for its rugged phone and tablet cases.

Apple Card and wireless charging don’t play well together

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A wireless charger can’t send power to this iPhone through an Apple Card.
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The end might be near for iPhone cases with slots to hold credit cards now that the Apple Card is starting to roll out. Not because this new credit card will make them unnecessary, but because tests by Cult of Mac show that putting an Apple Card in one of these wallet cases blocks the iPhone inside from wireless charging.

Fans of this type of case will need to decide how much they want Apple’s new credit card, or if they‘re willing to give up on wireless charging.

This low-key powerful portable battery charger packs 8,000mAh [Deals]

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Now that iPhones are firmly on board the wireless charging train, it’s easier than ever to have full recharging capabilities at all times, all without carrying an octopus’ nest of wires, connectors and adapters. At first glance, the QiStone2 Wireless Portable Charger actually does look like a stone. However, it’s a stone packing 8,000 mAh of power, capable of two to three full wireless recharges of your typical smartphone while you’re out in the world.

Wireless charger suggests AirPower’s problems are solvable

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Set it and forget it. Source changes smartphones without a search for a precise charging connection.
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We waited two years for AirPower and in the end, Apple could not deliver. Numerous engineering challenges forced Apple to do something it rarely does – give up.

But the hurdles facing the team producing Apple’s first multi-device wireless charger are not insurmountable.

Consider the Source – a wireless charger and first product by tech startup Spansive that goes on sale today for $189. Its multiple charging coils allow a person to simply set their phone on the surface without having to move it around until a precise charging point is engaged.

Charge all your Apple devices with Zens Dual+Watch, now in white

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Zens Dual + Watch wireless charging mat in white.
Zens Dual + Watch wireless charging mat in white.
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Zens’ popular Dual+Watch wireless charging pad is the one-stop charging system for all your Apple gadgets. It can charge three devices simultaneously, including your Apple Watch, iPhone and the new wireless AirPods.

The Dual+Watch mat is perfect for the bedside table or desk at work, and it now comes in white to match your AirPods.

One wireless charging hub juices up four devices at once [Deals]

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This single station wireless charges up to four devices at once, including smartphones, watches, even the Apple Pencil.
This single station wireless charges up to four devices at once, including smartphones, watches, even the Apple Pencil.
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Wireless charging is catching on, so our wireless charging pads are becoming scarce real estate. Instead of buying a new charging dock for each new device, why not just get one that can handle all of them?

New report spills details of 2019 iPhone refresh

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Look at the size of those cameras!
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This year’s iPhone refresh may bring more than just a spec bump.

A new report claims Apple’s flagship devices will get even bigger to accommodate an additional camera sensor and the largest lenses ever in an iPhone. They may also be ever so slightly thicker than their predecessors.