AT&T Reportedly Developing Wireless Charger That Powers iPhone and Apple Watch Simultaneously

AT&T Power Drum Is a 2-in-1 Apple Watch and iPhone Wireless Charger With 3000mAh Integrated Battery

AT&T Power Drum Is a 2-in-1 Apple Watch and iPhone Wireless Charger With 3000mAh Integrated Battery

What do you think about the AT&T Power Drum?

At its September 2017 iPhone event, Apple introduced "AirPower", an accessory capable of wirelessly charging iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods all at the same time. This also means that it will be able to support Apple's fast wireless charging feature. Magnets around the charger help to hold the watch in place. Found by the blog site ZNF, this new device sports AT&T's own version of AirPower and, by the looks of it, this new product looks intruiging indeed. The device is also small enough to fit into a bag.

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has just given a regulatory approval to an upcoming battery powered bank and wireless charger that goes by the name AT&T power drum.

The retail box documentation in the FCC filing only mentions support for Apple Watch Series 1-3, though there's no reason for the charger to not support Apple Watch Series 4 as well.

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"During each of its events this year (2018) - one in March where it announced new iPads, its developer conference in June, the annual iPhone event in September and a Mac event in October - Apple failed to mention AirPower or its status", the report added. A lot of third-parties have developed a wireless charger for the iPhone and the Apple Watch before this. It features a micro USB port rather than a USB Type-C port. The carrier may have started developing the device when USB Type-C ports weren't so widely used. The Power Drum will reportedly be able to output 5, 7.5 and 10W of power.

As of now, there is no more information about the Power Drum, including its price and release date or if it will be available for non-AT&T customers. However, the FCC filing does hint that the Power Drum could cost around $100. The Power Drum definitely seems like a handy gadget to have especially if you own an Apple Watch and an iPhone.

Could 2019 be the year where Apple finally releases its fabled wireless charger, the Airpower?

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