Other Are you excited about AirPower? Here's why I am excited.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by DeanLubaki, Feb 18, 2018.

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Are you excited about AirPower?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

    50 vote(s)
    70.4%
  1. DeanLubaki macrumors regular

    DeanLubaki

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    #1
    I am very excited about the AirPower because of one aspect that I think has been over looked: the ability to charge multiple devices without having to align them on the pad.

    Other multi device Qi chargers require you to place the devices on a specific space because every device needs to be aligned to its own charging coil but Apple seems to have invented a technology that allows any of three devices to be place however the user wants to place them.

    That opens the door to a counter top which is Qi enabled on its entire surface so people can put their devices on it without having to worry that they haven't aligned them properly. Maybe one day we can have a Qi enabled Macbook or even iMac! (Qi supports up to 120 Watts)

    https://www.apple.com/iphone-x/#wireless-charging
     
  2. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    That is definitely a plus. What is probably not going to be a plus, is the Apple price.

    At this point, I am not excited about the Airpower. Time will tell. My Mophie chargers are working well.
     
  3. raqball macrumors 68000

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    #3
    Agree... If the price is as rumored $199 I don't see very many of these being sold.
     
  4. Brandonjr36 Suspended

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    I’m not at all. I’m not giving $200 for a damn charger. I’ll continue to use my Samsung wireless charger
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    Yeah especially when you can get a Samsung wireless charger for like $30-40 and other brands even cheaper.
     
  5. LovingTeddy macrumors 65816

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    Still not convinced for the wireless charging. I rather have my devices attached to a wire and I can use the devices during charging.
     
  6. Relentless Power macrumors Core

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    I agree the price point Will likely be somewhere around $200 and in order really to appreciate the AirPower to its full of avantage, you have to have the iPhone 8/,the new wireless Airpod case and Series 3 Apple Watch.

    If Someone had just an iPhone X or 8, I would likely not invest in the AirPower just for that. When there are cheaper alternatives that do the same thing, unless you had all three of those Apple items.
     
  7. Brandonjr36 Suspended

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    Yeah I have the X and AirPods. But I’m not buying a $200 mat and have to buy an additional case for my AirPods. Especially no more then I use them. I’ll just plug them in when they are dead.
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    My thing is Apple talked crap about the way Samsung and other brands had wireless charging they basically called it a gimmick and said it wasn’t truly wireless charging then 3 years later released the same damn thing. That kinda pisses me off...
     
  8. Relentless Power macrumors Core

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    I see the convenience without the wire for the Airpower, but I’m perfectly fine using a lightning cable with the AirPods or my iPhone. But I do think the AirPowers price point will be won’t be a first choice by many depending if they have the other products that can be wirelessly charged.

    The big question is when does the AirPower release? I think during the spring Keynote If there is one. I can’t see the AirPower being released one year later from when they announced it in September of 2017.
     
  9. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    And even then it becomes a stretch. I hate this game Apple has started to play as of late, announce something only to have it released almost 8 months later, and then to have "stock-outs" or "half baked stuff" (I'm looking at you HomePod.)
     
  10. Relentless Power macrumors Core

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    I won't be purchasing the Airpower. Not because I’m not interested, mainy because the pricepoint won’t be reflective of something that I would not find completely useful for my daily usage.
     
  11. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    I won't be purchasing it because as you pointed out, I have no device that can take advantage of it. Series 2 watch? Not compatible. AirPods? Not compatible. iPhone 7? Lol, no.

    Even if I upgraded my iPhone, the other two devices I own won't support it, and I don't see merit in buying a new wireless case for my AirPods just to use AirPower.
     
  12. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

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    #12
    Not interested in wireless charging at all. One more thing for little kids to mess with. I pull out a cable and put it away when I'm done.
     
  13. AlphaHumanus macrumors 6502a

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    In a few years maybe? As others have said, I don’t own enough suitable products to use it and it will likely cost too much.
     
  14. lordofthereef, Feb 19, 2018
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    lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    #15
    I guess I don't see the benefit unless you also have AirPods. I use a Samsung charger that requires no active alignment because it's also a stand. The only way it will set down on the stand is standing up.

    I have a little rubber Spigen stand for my Apple watch (it was like $6 and the stock charging cable pops into it) on the desk as well. Added bonus is alarm clock mode is easy to see at a glance.

    Without air pods (tried them. Didn't like them. Not conducive for gym or otherwise working out at all) I obviously don't have an AirPods charging case and that's really the only thing I see maybe wanting a more convenient way to charge. I will say, thoug hthis isn't an AirPods thread, give me some rubber tips that fit into the case and wireless charging with the new case and around the same price point as the original with AirPods 2 and you will likely have me looking very closely. I only use headphones at the gym, and as such, all of those requirements need be met.
     
  15. Kram Sacul macrumors member

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    #16
    Wireless charging is an invaluable convenience (sorry, wires suck) but I can't justify a $200 price point. Maybe $100.
     
  16. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    I think announcing things and releasing months later is fairly normal in the tech world. Apple have just historically been super secretive about things, which afforded them the ability to launch shortly after announcement. But with all the leaks they inevitably have these days I think they're finding they want want to get ahead of it. My favorite Steve jobs iPhone Keynote was with the 4. I didn't look up the quote but before he revealed it he said something like "you guys have already seen this. Should I show you anyway?"

    I can't think of another tech company that announces a product and has it shipping a few weeks later (someone can feel free to show in wrong lol. I'm just saying I don't think it's the norm), as has been Apple's MO for a while now. That's not to downplay your preferences. You enjoy buying something shortly after it's announced. Perfectly fine and respectable. I just don't think it's something Apple is likely to continue doing.
     
  17. The Game 161 macrumors Pentium

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    #18
    Will be closer to 269 when you have to buy the air pods wireless charging case too.
     
  18. turbineseaplane macrumors 68040

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    #19
    I was excited a little bit simply because I do use AirPods a ton....but I also use an SE..

    So unless there's an SE2 that can wirelessly charge, I'm sort of full stop out and not interested..

    ...and even if I'm in with a new AirPod case and SE2 that can use the mat, I'm at that point totally turned off by a $200+ "charging mat".

    I'm not averse to high prices for some items, but a commodity level charging mat isn't really in that category.
    Maybe they'll be a good quality clone or just other clones that are cheaper, I don't know.

    I'm sort of disillusioned these days. I've been into Apple off/on since the late 80's and fully in since about 2001 and so many of their products and decisions just either turn me off or simply don't interest me anymore that...sigh...I don't know... I'm tired.. lol
     
  19. HeadphoneAddict macrumors 6502a

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    $199 Seems a bit steep when you have to add the $69 AirPods case.

    I already have a wireless charging stand to hold my Apple Watch charging cable, and a Samsung 9W Qi stand for my iPhone X at the bedside. I just slip the watch and iPhone onto their respective charging stands when I got to bed. I have another Samsung 9W charger in my family room next to my favorite chair.

    I only spent about $100 on the watch stand and the pair of Qi chargers, and the Qi chargers come with a high power USB cube and micro-USB cable. So, I can unplug the Qi if needed and plug in my Kindle or a battery pack to charge.

    I also only have to charge my AirPods 1-2x a week as I mostly use them for calls and V-MODA Crossfade Wireless II headphones for music. So using a lightning cable isn't a big deal and I have a small Qi charge adapter for lightning powered devices from Amazon, and it works with the AirPod case on a Qi charger just fine.

    [EDIT - SERIOUSLY? AN APPLE FOCUSED FORUM THAT SAYS my IPHONE X PHOTO of the lightning to Qi adapter is TOO LARGE TO PROCESS? Had to edit them...]

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  20. Raist3001 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a docking station where I can place my apple watch and connect my X and it cost 30 dollars. Works great. Better than great. Why would I need to spend 200 dollars on a new charging mat that is still connected by a wire just as my dock is? Just so I have the ability to simply lay my phone down as opposed to spending the extra second to dock my phone??
     
  21. noobinator macrumors 603

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    Closer to $1,500-$2,000 when you have to buy an iPhone with wireless charging, a Series 3 watch, and AirPods too.
     
  22. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    I wonder if they feel they've been forced to play the product announcement in advance game, both with how almost every other company does and, even more so, how leaky Apple is these days. I agree, it does suck.
     
  23. bigjnyc macrumors 603

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    Not excited at all... That feature is not being overlooked, it was one of the big selling points for this thing and probably what Apple will tout in order to justify the gross overprice. I dont have airpods, I have a series 2 watch... and even if I did have series 3 I always use a metal band which does not allow me to lay the watch flat, huge oversight on Apples part in design, especially since they sell the link band themselves which won't allow you to lay the watch on their own charger.
     
  24. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    My quality Samsung wireless charger retails for about $89 (it's often on sale though) so I wouldn't be willing to pay more than about $149 for the Airpower. I get that you can charge more than one item on it and that's great but it's just not enough of a convenience.

    The next time I buy a coffee or side table, I may look for one with with wireless charging built in--that would be better.
     

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