Apple’s long overdue AirPower wireless charging mat could finally be in production, if rumors are to be believed The word comes via tweet from ChargerLAB (via MacRumors), which says it has been learned from a “credible source” that Apple has started manufacturing the wireless charging pad with a long delay.
If true, it could mean that the expired product could finally reach consumers in no time. Apple announced in September 2017 that it was introducing wireless charging capabilities with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, and offered a preview of its own wireless charging pad that would not only charge the iPhone, but your Apple Watch and AirPods. At the time, Apple did not announce a price, only that it was expected to be released sometime in 2018.
Breaking down: AirPower is finally coming. We have just learned from a reliable source in the supply chain that manufacturer Luxshare Precision has already started producing the Apple AirPower wireless charging pad. Luxshare Precision is also the manufacturer of Apple AirPods and USB-C cables. pic.twitter.com/UqgWIAh3sx
– ChargerLAB (@chargerlab) January 12, 2019
Obviously, that didn’t happen – there were rumors that the device would ship in March 2018, but that date has come and gone, and Apple hasn’t said anything about the device at any of the major announcement events since the first announcement.
In June 2018, rumors surfaced that Apple was having technical problems with the device, primarily that it was overheating due to the complexity of the requirement to charge three different devices at once. More recently, analysts predicted that Apple expected to have the device available to consumers in late 2018 or early 2019. Apple is rumored to release an updated version of its AirPods sometime this year as well, specifically with charging support. wireless, fueling some rumors that it was delaying the update until the AirPower mat was available. MacRumors He noted that there have been reports that Apple has overcome the technical challenges it faced with the device.
If that ChargerLAB says it’s correct, that could mean we’ll see more of them in the near future. The site’s tweet says the devices are being made at Luxshare Precision, which already makes Apple’s AirPods and some cables. MacRumors translated a screenshot of ChargerLABThe WeChat conversation, in which the site source expects the device to launch soon. But given the charger’s history of technical delays and challenges, it’s probably best not to raise hope.