iPhone X
The iPhone X with Face ID. Reuters/Stephen Lam

Rumos are circling around about next year’s Apple smartphones, but KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is already predicting features that will come in 2019 iPhones.

Kuo believes the iPhones set to launch in 2019 will include an upgraded TrueDepth camera system, the analyst said in a research note obtained by MacRumors. The TrueDepth camera is currently found in the $999 iPhone X. The system supports features like the Face ID and Animoji.

Releasing iPhones with an upgraded TrueDepth camera system will lead to larger-capacity batteries, since they’ll be using up more power, Kuo said. The batteries will lead to longer battery lives for future iPhones. The analyst said Apple already has the technologies it needs to develop larger-capacity batteries. The Cupertino company could use the technologies to boost battery capacities in 2019 and 2020, Kuo predicts.

The latest note also says the 2019 iPhones will comes upgraded 3D-sensing and AR-related functions,” which will need more battery power.

Kuo said in the note:

“Apple capable of designing new system for large-capacity batteries: We believe the adoption of TrueDepth camera for 3D sensing in 2017-18 will create demand for larger-capacity batteries. From 2019, we predict iPhone may adopt upgraded 3D-sensing and AR-related functions, and it will consume more power, further increasing demand for large-capacity batteries. We believe Apple's key technologies, including semiconductor manufacturing processes, system-in-package (SIP), and substrate-like PCB (SLP), will create the required space for larger batteries.”

2018 iPhone Rumors, Features

The note also said a TrueDepth camera will be included in next year’s iPhones, which supports previousl iPhone 11 rumors. Apple is expected to release a larger 6.5-inch iPhone X next year, dubbed the iPhone X Plus. The company is also rumored to launch a 5.8-inch iPhone and a 6.1-inch model with an LCD display. The iPhone X Plus and the 5.8-inch model are expected to come with an OLED screen display, like the one seen on the current iPhone X. The 10th anniversary iPhone currently sports an edge-to-edge OLED display with no home button. Next year’s iPhones are expected to have a similar design. Samsung is rumored to supply between 180 to 200 million OLED panels from Samsung for Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup, a report said earlier this week. iPhones released in 2019 should also sport OLED display screens, according to a previous report.

The 2018 iPhone lineup could also include a one-cell L-shaped battery, rather the current two-cell battery on the iPhone X. The new battery could boost battery capacity by 10 percent. The 5.8-inch iPhone model could have battery capacity between 2,900mAh and 3,000mAh, higher than the current 2,716mAh battery. The battery change could lead to longer battery lives on next year’s iPhones.

Apple should launch the three new 2018 iPhones in the fall, like it usually does. However, the company could release an upgraded version of the iPhone SE, dubbed the iPhone SE2, in March 2018.