Apple Abandons Their AirPower Wireless Charger
03 April, 2019 | Technology
Since it’s unveiling back in September 2017 alongside the iPhone X and the iPhone 8, many fans have been dying to get their hands on the wireless charging mat.
The AirPower was said to be able to wirelessly charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and even AirPods at the same time.
However, Apple has officially announced that they had cancelled the project.
Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, said “After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project. We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch.”
But despite the cancellation, Dan Riccio said “We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward”.
This is the first time Apple has cancelled an announced hardware product.
The wireless charging mat was expected to hit the shelves in early 2018, but after it failed to show up during the iPhone XS and XR event last September, it was clear something wasn’t right.
According to multiple reports, the issue was with overheating due to the multiple wireless charging coils inside the mat.
Although, even with the engineering challenges it appears like Apple still had hope that they might solve the issues as it looks like Apple pulled the plug on the AirPower wireless charging mats very late in the game, with the packaging for the new AirPods even having pictures of AirPower on them as well as code inside the latest iOS 12.2 update regarding AirPower.
But AirPower wasn’t meant to be and the wireless charging with the ability to place multiple devices on the pad, enabling all devices to simultaneously charge seems to have beaten Apple.
We are sure Apple will one day release a wireless charging device, but it isn’t likely to be for at least a few years now.