Apple's AirPower charging mat could launch in September

Doris Richards
June 23, 2018

Apple also announced its own AirPower charger but said it wouldn't be released until 2018. The news follows a string of technical issues that prevented the accessory from arriving earlier in the year. A new report by Bloomberg indicates that a release is still on track for the current year and that it should happen in September.

Unlike wireless chargers on the market today, the AirPower is created to charge three devices simultaneously: an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods with a still-to-be-released wireless charging case.

According to Bloomberg's sources, however, Apple has been quietly working on a variety of problems, including ensuring the charger doesn't overheat and allowing users to place their devices anywhere on the AirPower and still charge them. The mat also has an iPhone-like processor inside and runs on a pared-down version of iOS to bring deeper integration with the various devices it charges. Each of the supported devices already includes a charger, and single-product wireless chargers can generally be had for $30 to $50.

AirPower, Apple's oval-shaped wireless charging pad, is set to work with the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the Apple Watch and the yet-to-be-released wireless charging AirPods case. Another is the complexity of the circuitry, according to people familiar with the device's development.

Now, word has it we're still months away from AirPower's launch.

Apple had hoped to have AirPower ready to go by June, but now it aims to have the device available in the fall. That wasn't feasible at the time because wireless charging was still slower than traditional methods. Then it will kill off all the ports to the phone and make it entirely wireless.

It would also raise the price of the already expensive iPhone X, which starts at $999.

The first major new accessory to the iPhone launched under Cook was the Apple Watch. A Qi-standard base station charger, the standard Apple uses with its devices, contains a power transmitter using comprises a transmitting coil that generates an oscillating magnetic field that charges a devices in proximity to it. Arguably, the gloriousness in the standard is its simplicity, and yet Apple is seemingly building a rocket ship rather than settling for a Wright Flyer.

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