AirPower to Launch 'Later in 2019' According to DigiTimes

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's long-awaited wireless charging mat AirPower has entered production and will be released later this year, according to DigiTimes:
    The supply chain-focused website published a similar article last year claiming the AirPower would be released by the end of March 2018, a release date echoed by at least two other sources at the time. That obviously did not happen, but perhaps the issues that led to the delay are now resolved.


    This isn't the first report we've seen that suggests the AirPower is still coming after all.

    Earlier this month, Hong Kong website ChargerLAB cited sources within Apple's supply chain who claimed that manufacturers Luxshare Precision and Pegatron have both started production of the AirPower by today.

    A few weeks prior, developer Steve Troughton-Smith said he's heard Apple may have overcome technical challenges with the AirPower and could move forward with a release. Those technical challenges included overheating and interference issues, according to Sonny Dickson, an occasional source of Apple leaks.

    And back in October, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that Apple may launch the AirPower by early in the first quarter of 2019, according to a research note obtained by MacRumors. The first quarter spans January through March.

    AirPower is an oval-shaped mat that would be able to wirelessly charge multiple Apple devices at once, including the iPhone 8 and newer, Apple Watch Series 3 and newer, and AirPods when they are placed in an optional wireless charging case that is expected to launch alongside the AirPower.

    Apple first previewed the AirPower at Steve Jobs Theater in September 2017, shortly after introducing the iPhone X, and indicated that it would be released at some point in 2018 in a press release. Apple failed to deliver on that promise, however, and hasn't commented on the AirPower for many months.

    Apple also removed all but a few mentions of the AirPower from its website in September 2018. The mat is, however, still referenced in the latest iPhone user guides and in some recent Apple job listings. We also spotted a since-removed AirPower reference on the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case page in Malaysia.

    All in all, the chances of the AirPower launching soon are looking better and better.

    Update: The seemingly-never-ending AirPower saga continues. DigiTimes has quietly revised its article, removing any mention that the AirPower has entered production, but the report still mentions availability later in 2019.

    Article Link: AirPower to Launch 'Later in 2019' According to DigiTimes
  2. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2007
  3. AceFernalld macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2008
    Hate to be a Negative Nancy, but is anyone really going to buy it at that point?
    I feel like everyone in the need has already saturated their wireless charger collection.
  4. macjonny1 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2006
    even the macrumors folks giving this a yawn...that tells you something
  5. Michael Scrip macrumors 603

    Mar 4, 2011
    Do we think there will be updated AirPods this year too? Or just the new wireless charging case?
  6. ThatTechGuy macrumors member

    May 9, 2012
  7. Mrjynx macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2006
    its interesting everyone (ie newsites) are so focused on this charging mat. why is this even relevant anymore? its a bloody wireless charging mat!
  8. InuNacho macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2008
    In that one place
    Much like the Mac Pro, I anticipate the "Magical Charging Mat of the Future" to take 6 years to develop.
  9. christarp macrumors 6502


    Oct 29, 2013
    Im guessing a march launch for this along with the airpods case finally.
  10. miflgr92 macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2018
    I’d love to see space gray AirPods with wireless charging and maybe a redesign to improve how they fit in the ear to make them more comfortable.
  11. birdieman128 macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2016
  12. TonyC28 macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2009
    Hold you breath until 11:59:59 PM on 12/31/19
  13. bmunge macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2012
    This product has been nothing but a dissapointment. It’s interesting they are encountering so many engineering issues with this design. Hopefully the experience they are going after is very compelling once it gets in the hands of users.
  14. calstanford macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2014
    Hong Kong
    Like it launched 'later in 2018' (as announced in MID 2017).

    Vapourware if I ever seen one
  15. jecowa macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2006
    AirPower is Apple's 10nm. Every year it's coming out next year.
  16. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Yup, I still want it.
  17. Wags macrumors 6502a

    Mar 5, 2006
    Nebraska, USA
    Probably not a priority right now but who knows what is right now.
  18. applefan69 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 9, 2007
    Imagine if Samsung got this much attention every time they thought about maybe making a product. lol what a joke.

    Thought lets admit we are interested because we are all ambitiously optimistic Apple will wow us with their old fashioned ways. That or we are all going to cussing this product 3 times what we are already when we realize it was a giant flop to begin with. Poor Apple, there is no way out other than this thing better be damned perfect.
  19. Pattaya macrumors newbie


    Dec 15, 2012
    I bought an Anker 7.5 Wireless charging stand, I certainly wont be buying this Apple charging mat at any price.

    Anker phone charging cables are far superior to Apples at a cheaper price, I don't see what Apple can offer especially at a likely 3x price point.
  20. Internet Enzyme macrumors 6502a

    Internet Enzyme

    Feb 21, 2016
    They said March of 2018 and now theyre saying late 2019!? Why would anyone listen to these people who so habitually **** on themselves in public and still have the gall to “predict” anything
  21. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    It’s capable of charging multiple devices at once and where you place it on the pad is irrelevant. I don’t think any wireless charging pad is capable of one of these things let alone both. Also it’s the only way to wireless charge Apple Watch and I suspect the same will go for AirPods.
  22. niji Contributor


    Feb 9, 2003
    this news is interesting.
    so, in production, but maybe not enough units per day can be made right now.
    constrained for some reason.

    hmm...either a
    1 a supply chain issue: some kind of component supply for a critical, single-sourced component (?)
    2 a quality issue: not enough of quality parts for some component that is integral to safety. (?)

    if the reason for this long delay turns out to be a quality restrained component, given apple's past 2 to 3 year record for erring on the side of going ahead and quality passing components that are near the lower allowed end of tolerance, this product is likely to have end-user consumer level defects.

    no matter how long apple is taking to get this product right, whatever it is will be causing problems for a long time.
  23. rturner2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2009
    Wonder if it will beat the mac pro.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 21, 2019 ---
    There's a chance aliens will discover us first.
  24. PickUrPoison, Jan 21, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2019

    PickUrPoison macrumors 68030

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    I think your memory might be somewhat faulty. Apple announced only once the expected release timeframe and never changed it. They’ve now missed it by three weeks (and counting).

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