Apple pulls plug on AirPower wireless charging mat

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The AirPower charging mat was set to allow for the easy wireless charging of Apple's most popular products - including the Apple Watch, iPhone, and AirPods.

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Apple hasn't officially provided any reason for the cancellation of the AirPower charging mat, but engineering roadblocks seem like the primary reason.

"After much effort, we've concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project", said Apple SVP of hardware and engineering Dan Riccio in a statement. "We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward".

Unveiling a product and then cancelling it before it hits shelves is embarrassing for any company, but especially for Apple, which prides itself on pushing the design envelope.

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The early announcement of AirPower, along with a wirelessly charged version of its AirPods headphones, was a break in that tradition.

Daring Fireball, a website that covers Apple news, previously reported that Apple engineers had issues with devices overheating on the AirPower pad.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Apple Philip Schiller introduces AirPower, a wireless charging system, during a media event at Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino, California on September 12, 2017.

And while it's possible to argue that you can find charging mats that charge multiple gadgets already, Apple's unique take on a wireless charging mat would have required a different approach.

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