More details have come out for Apple’s planned upgrades to the iPhone in 2019, and the unfortunate but expected news is that Apple does not appear to have anything new to offer. The feature upgrades are already widely available on Android and expected to become prolific long before Tim Cook reveals the presumptively named iPhone 11 family in September.
The latest details have been revealed by industry specialist Ming-Chi Kuo, and noted by Chance MIller:
…the 2019 iPhone models will retain the same screen sizes as the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. This means we’ll get 6.5-inch, 5.8-inch, and 6.1-inch iPhones. Kuo says that all three will retain Lightning connectivity instead of USB-C.
According to Kuo, the 2019 iPhones will feature ultra-wide band connectivity for indoor positioning and navigation, frosted glass casing, bilateral wireless charging for charging other devices, upgraded Face ID with a higher power flood illuminator, larger batteries, and a triple camera design.
If you work through the checklist of features that are going to be seen as ‘new’ to consumers, then you are going to be struggling. The closest you get to new is indoor positioning, but this was rolled into Android P and as handsets launch with the latest version of the operating system, software can take advantage of this system.