Apple Aborts AirPower Wireless Charging Mat

Apple Aborts AirPower Wireless Charging Mat

Apple has canceled its AirPower wireless charger, mentioning the difficulty in achieving the company’s “high-end standards” for the product. “After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not attain our high standards and we have stopped the project. We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We endure to believe that the future is wireless and are devoted to pushing the wireless experience forward,” said Apple Senior Vice President of hardware engineering Mr. Dan Riccio in a statement. To recall, Apple AirPower was published alongside iPhone X and iPhone 8 series in 2017. AirPower is thought to wirelessly charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPower at the same time. Apple, at the time, had said the wireless charging mat will launch in 2018. However, the Cupertino continued its silence over the availability of AirPower until now. However, rumors of issues with the product had been spreading since its announcement in September 2017. At the time, Apple said it would be published to the public sometime in 2018, promising a “world-class wireless charging solution”.

Apple had assured some interesting features for the AirPower charger, including the ability to charge up to three devices at once (specifically, an iPhone, an Apple Watch, and AirPod headphones), unique technology with multiple coils that would let the charger work without having to find a precise sweet spot on the pad, and a software intersection for the iPhone to display the current charge for all three devices at once. Friday’s announcement marks an unusual move for Apple, known in the electronics industry for keeping tight wraps on product plans until it openly launches them at splashy events in Silicon Valley. The early publication of AirPower, along with a wirelessly charged version of its AirPods headphones, was a halt in that tradition. Apple released the updated AirPods last week, intensifying speculation that the accompanying charging mat would come soon.

Apple announced plans for an AirPower mat proficient of simultaneously charging three devices in September 2017, and bought New Zealand-based wireless charging company PowerbyProxi a month later in an ostensible attempt to boost the effort. However, the company failed to bring the product to market as expected in 2018. The verdict to finally cancel the project seems to have come shortly: the packaging for Apple’s newly released AirPods features an indistinct outline of the expected charging mat on the box. However, owners of the new AirPods and other Apple products with wireless charging capabilities won’t be left stranded, as its devices remain compatible with third-party Qi chargers.

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