Out Of Juice: Apple Pulls the Plug on AirPower

Out Of Juice: Apple Pulls the Plug on AirPower

Out Of Juice: Apple Pulls the Plug on AirPower

It is noteworthy that the decision to cancel the project was very clearly made relatively recently, as "Display Only" retail packages for the 2 Gen AirPods still showcased the AirPower mat.

AirPower is based on the Qi charging standard, which powers wireless chargers for Android and iOS smartphones alike.

However, rumours of issues with the product had been circulating since its announcement in September 2017. Several Apple iPhone models support wireless charging, though Apple does not offer its own wireless charging device as of now.

Unlike other wireless charging mats, which require items to be put down in a specific spot, Apple had hoped that AirPower would work regardless of where a device was placed.

United States tech giant Apple apologized to customers who had been looking forward to the release of the canceled AirPower. In a statement sent via e-mail today (March 29), Apple senior vice president of hardware engineering Dan Riccio announced the product was being scrapped.

As 2018 drew to a close and Apple kept quiet about the status of AirPower, the mystery surrounding the project left the press speculating about development struggles and suspicious appearances of AirPower on product boxes, trademark registration databases, iOS source code, and patent filings. Apple held a product launch event this week where it only unveiled new services; it announced new updates of some of its hardware last week.

Many believe Apple ultimately made the call to cancel the AirPower as a result of hard engineering issues.

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However, it seems the device was just too ambitious in terms of design and Apple simply couldn't turn it into reality. AirPower is supposed to wirelessly charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPower at the same time. In response, Apple issued a (non) apology to its users.

The charging mat had a major problem with overheating, which reportedly kept its built-in chip from functioning properly, according to tech blog Sonny Dickinson.

While wireless charging has spread through the gadget industry, charging three devices at once with higher wattage "fast charging" has proved challenging.

Choosing not to release the AirPower was ultimately likely the safe choice for Apple.

'Impossible to believe Apple legitimately couldn't ship a Qi charger with multiple coils. You can buy three third-party chargers and sit them side by side just fine'. Numerous engineering problems caused Apple to push its launch back. The project marked a rare hardware misstep for the Cupertino company.

The firm has yet to resolve a persistent flaw in the butterfly keyboards on Mac computers. HomePod also had a fairly delayed release.

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