Apple may scrap one of the iPhone 11’s best features, says analyst

What you need to know

  • Notable Apple analyst released his final predictions for Apple’s September 10 event.
  • He says Apple Pencil support and USB-C will not be included in the new iPhones.
  • He also says that Apple could scrap bilateral wireless charging because it is unhappy with the charging efficiency.

Sorry, Apple Pencil support is not coming this year.

We are hours away from Apple unveiling its new iPhones, and in anticipation of that, notable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a report outlining his expectations of the announcements.

First spotted by 9to5Mac, Kuo’s predictions lineup with what we’ve been hearing. He imminently shoots down the expectations of Apple Pencil support and the inclusion of USB-C. Neither of those is coming to the iPhone in 2019, says Kuo.

He also says the new iPhones’ notch will remain unchanged, they will come in new colors and will offer new ultra-wide band technology for better reception. Again, these are details that have already been mentioned.

However, Kuo does say that Apple will ditch the severely underpowered 5W charger and include a faster charger in the box for the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone Pro Max. Sadly, Kuo says Apple will still keep the 5W charger around in the iPhone 11 box for at least another year.

The most surprising note in Kuo’s report is that Apple could end up not supporting bilateral wireless charging that would have given users’ the ability to charge AirPods with an iPhone. Kuo says this is because “the charging efficiency may not meet Apple’s requirements.” It has been seen as one of the marquee additions to the new iPhone 11.

Apple is holding its event tomorrow at 10 a.m. PT. You can stream it on YouTube or watch it through Apple’s site. iMore will be at the event and bring you complete coverage of everything Apple announces.

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