When Apple unveiled the iPhone X, the company finally plunged into the world of wireless charging by announcing compatibility with the Qi wireless standard. To complement the new capabilities of the iPhone, Apple also presented a wireless charging base, called Apple AirPower.
However, things did not go as planned: after more than a year of waiting, it was finally nothing. After much effort, we have reached the conclusion that AirPower does not achieve our high standards and we have canceled the project, Apple Hardware Engineering Director Dan Riccio told TechCrunch in March 2019.
The video of discord
True or false? The debate ignited among Apple's fans after the unofficial Apple Archive site revealed what appears to be an advertising piece of the AirPower.
The record shows products such as iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3 and a pair of AirPods on the platform of the discarded wireless charger.
For those who think it is fake: the site also has several other legitimate Apple videos that have never been released. This one from AirPower is probably a sketch sent for approval (and clearly not approved), said via Twitter Filipe Espsito, editor of the iHelpBR blog.
For those who think it’s a fake: the site also has several other legitimate Apple videos that have never been released. This one from AirPower is probably a sketch sent for approval (and clearly not approved). Very nice to see it anyway. https://t.co/EREjwUkLe5
Filipe Espsito (@filipeesposito) January 15, 2020
According to the Apple Post record, Apple Archive is a free-to-use site that boasts the largest public archive of brand commercials, presentations, promotional videos and campaigns, among other materials.
It is rumored that Apple's AirPower wireless charging base has finally gone into production. Apple tested its AirPower in September 2017, along with the iPhone X and its wireless charging capacity. However, Apple encountered several problems with the design of the AirPower. Although, fortunately, they have not lost all hope. Even though Apple removed almost all the mentions of the device from its official website, the famous Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in December 2018 that the AirPods update will launch this year with wireless charging support, what which increases the possibility that AirPower will also launch in 2019.
Also a tweet Unverified from the Hong Kong website, ChargerLAB, now claims that the AirPower device has finally gone into production.
Breaking: AirPower is finally coming. We just learned from credible source in supply chain that the manufacturing Luxshare Precision has already started producing Apple AirPower wireless charging pad. Luxshare Precision is also the maker of Apple AirPods and USB-C cables. pic.twitter.com/UqgWIAh3sx
ChargerLAB (@chargerlab) January 12, 2019
Where is the AirPower?
Apple has not mentioned the AirPower charger again since it first announced the product along with the iPhone X in September 2017. Almost a year later, the company has completely removed almost all the mentions of the AirPower charger from its website. So, we deduce, that it is not good news for those who longed to see this loading platform soon.
The truth is that the project may have been too ambitious even for Apple. Apparently, the problem is overheating. According to experts who spoke with John Gruber of Daring FireballThis is what could have led the company to withdraw the current design and try something new. It is also possible that the AirPower device, as such, has been completely canceled.
The comments on the problems of heat management are also shared by Sonny Dickson, who adds that, in addition to this, AirPower could not communicate properly with the devices it was charging.
The company has also had trouble finding a way to integrate the three different charging coils required by Apple's wireless charging devices without generating interference.
And, in addition to the hardware, the software may have problems. Since the device includes a custom Apple chip that runs a more basic version of iOS, engineers are working to end errors related to the built-in firmware.
Before this, there was talk that the AirPower charger will be ready to be launched, according to the Japanese blog MacOtakara, in February, while others said it was supposed to be launched in March.
Others pointed to August or September. But, now, it is becoming clear that AirPower is a much larger project that could take years to develop.
Apple never officially provided a price for its AirPower, although the Chinese technology site Chongdiantou He said that the AirPower would cost about $ 150 dollars, that is, about $ 50 dollars less than what another previous VentureBeat rumor pointed out.
What is it supposed to do?
The main benefit of the AirPower device is that it charges wirelessly multiple devices at the same time, that is, an iPhone 2017 or later, an Apple Watch and even AirPods, provided they are stored in a wireless charging case.
Feeding several devices at once seems like a simple matter, but it isn't. Different devices require different amounts of energy and this charging base needs a method to detect what device is on it and then supply the correct amount of energy only to the devices that are in that specific location.
What is even more complicated is that Apple has used different wireless charging systems for iPhone and Apple Watch, in addition to the AirPods. This means that several chargers live together within this AirPower, which should understand which device needs charging and in what quantity.
How do all this work? Well, a rumor of LoveiOS It says Apple will place 22 wireless charging coils in its AirPower to charge an item anywhere on the surface of the device.
And if you have to believe in a MacOtakara rumor, Airpower will use a special radio signal to detect where each device is located.
Apple's AirPower promises unique features that are not available on other products, thanks to its own specification built around the Qi specification of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).
* Updated on January 15, 2020 with appearance of indito video