Apple’s AirPower Charger May Not Be Released Before September

Apple’s AirPower Charger May Not Be Released Before September

First revealed during Apple's iPhone X announcement, the Californian company has since provided little information. But if Apple's really able to make a wireless charging pad that's more reliable than existing ones, it just might be worth it. It recommended charging hubs from Mophie and Belkin, an unusual move for the consumer-hardware specialist. It was then expected that the company would announce the release at WWDC 2018 but that didn't happen as well.

Apple did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

Additionally, unlike typical Qi wireless charging mats, the AirPower is a little more complicated since it is created to charge three devices simultaneously.

It turns out AirPower isn't a simple charging mat at all. Some of the technical hurdles mentioned by sources familiar with the development lie in the ability to cram different charging mechanisms into the device so as to support charging for the iPhone, Apple Watch and the new AirPods charging case at once.

The AirPower is also more advanced compared to the competition since circuit board also features a custom Apple chip that runs a stripped down version of iOS to manage power for each device as well as pair and communicate with the devices. They asked not to be identified discussing a product that hadn't been released yet.

This follows supposed launch delays in March and June (Apple itself was never more specific than "2018" with its release timing), with sources claiming that preventing the charger from overheating has been a particular challenge.

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Engineers have ramped up testing in recent months, and started using AirPower mats in their own homes, to ensure all is working as it should be before the device makes its way into customers' hands.

"Hopefully, Apple learns a lesson to only announce products that are for sure shipping soon or immediately after announcing", said Ben Bajarin, an analyst at research firm Creative Strategies.

It is believed that Apple wants to eliminate the iPhone's charging port entirely in the future. The company touted the wireless charger as an ideal solution for its iPhones, Apple Watch, and other accessories.

Wireless accessories have become a key way for Apple to differentiate its products.

It needs to be flawless if Apple's longer-term ambitions for wireless charging are to be cleanly executed, mind.

Most recently, a separate report from Digitimes indicated that Apple does intend to drop Lightning connectivity with next year's iPhones, but that it'll be replaced with USB-C.

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