This is late in the game for new reports, but there were several new details that came out today thanks to MacRumors and Ming-Chi Kuo. Some look good and a few are disappointing, but since they are come from reputable sources, they definitely warrant consideration.
Bad news first. Ming-Chi Kuo (reported through MacRumors) took the wind out of my sales when he informed the world that there will be no Apple Pencil support for the iPhone 11 Pros. Oh well. Maybe next year. Maybe not. Again.
In a bit of a surprise, Kuo didn’t fully commit, but cast doubt on Apple including two-way wireless charging. I think a lot more iPhone users will disappointed to hear that, as it has been rumored for so long that it was expected at this point. At least there is hope on this one. Considering that Samsung has had this feature for a over a year now, this would be a bad look for Apple to back out on such a feature.
Thankfully, there is also some good news. First off, Kuo predicts that Apple will finally include an 18W USB-C to Lightning cable in the box with the larger iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. It’s about damn time. However, it looks like iPhone 11 buyers will get the same old 5W USB-A brick. A least it’s a step in the right direction of getting iPhone users moved over to USB-C change cables and fast chargers.
The more interesting news from MacRumors is that Apple will be including a new motion co-processor codenamed Rose, or R1. This chip will likely replace the existing M-Series motion processor that’s been a part of the iPhone for several years. The new Rose will have more sensors and features available. According to MacRumors:
The Rose coprocessor will add support for an inertial measurement unit (IMU), Bluetooth 5.1 features, ultra-wideband (UWB) and camera (including motion capture and optical tracking) sensor data to not only tell where the device is but also fuse this sensor data together to find lost Apple Tags and aid in the processing of People Occlusion from ARKit. Given the overlap in sensor data collection and processing the Rose coprocessor may replace the M-series motion coprocessor.
The Angle of Arrival (AoA) and Angle of Departure (AoD) features of Bluetooth 5.1 enable Bluetooth direction-finding, and combining these with other sensor data by the R1 will aid in finding Apple Tags with high resolution. The 2018 iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR all have Bluetooth 5.0.
With Apple putting a lot of emphasis behind ARKit and with their new Tile-like product likely to be announced tomorrow, these features are more important than ever. The Rose co-processor should unlock a new level of accuracy in both categories. It is also one of a number of moves by Apple that sets the table for their AR Glasses down the line.
Well, unless there is anything new that comes out in the morning, that should just about do it for 2019 iPhone rumors. The only things left now are Apple’s delivery and any potential surprises they might have held back. I’m still betting on a Services Bundle, but we will see tomorrow.