Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Apple AirPower: Wireless charging mat may finally launch this year

Apple’s AirPower charging mat will reportedly start shipping soon Apple Reportedly Started Production of Long-Delayed AirPower
Sherri Watson | 14 January, 2019, 18:41

Flash forward 16 months and AirPower is still nowhere to be seen. It also even removed any mention of the product from its website.

The AirPower charging mat is one of Apple's most controversial products in recent history due to the company's silence on its status. Unsurprisingly, we thought that AirPower was as dead as the iPod.

As well as the above tweet, ChargerLAB has followed up with a bit more information, revealing that mass production will begin in a week's time.

A report originating from ChargerLAB in Hong Kong claims that Apple supplier Luxshare Precision has started producing AirPower. There were also reports previous year that Pegatron would also be producing AirPower, and shortly after their first tweet, ChargerLAB followed up with a source saying that Pegatron would begin manufacturing on January 21st. To be able to charge an iPhone, Watch and AirPods at the same time requires multiple wireless charging technologies hidden inside (up to 22 charging coils, in fact) which is both expensive and a challenge, considering they can conflict with each other depending on placement.

The Verge reported that in June 2018 Apple was rumoured to be having problems with the charging mat, including overheating when it charged three devices at once.

ChargerLAB isn't the only one claiming that AirPower may be just around the corner.

Back in October, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a research note saying AirPower could still launch, in "late 4Q18 or early 1Q19", along with new AirPods as well.