Buy wireless charger or wait for AirPower?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by rmoliv, Apr 7, 2018.

  1. rmoliv macrumors 6502a

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    Is there any prediction as to when AirPower is being released? Should I buy from a third party or wait? If it’s more than 2 months away it’s too much. I’m tired of cables.
     
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Even if there was a prediction, it doesn’t make it accurate. As for the release of the Airpower, It’s slated to release in 2018, which could be during WWDC or during the iPhone Keynote in the fall. To truly appreciate AirPower, I think it be more beneficial if somebody actually had iPhone 8/X, Series 3 Apple Watch and the unreleased AirPod wireless charging battery case.
     
  3. ZipZap macrumors 603

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    t is completely over priced. There has already been a similar device on eBay for much less. This like the HomePod is another too late to matter product.
     
  4. macintoshmac macrumors 68030

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    There was a time when vapourware was a term attached to Microsoft. Now, it is Apple. They announce, and release months later. They used to be proud of the fact that they would announce things and people could buy them that very day. If I had bought an 8/X in September/ November, I would still bet waiting for an Apple supplied wireless charger.
     
  5. The Game 161 macrumors P6

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    Hardly

    No product on the market can charge your phone and watch like this.

    It will cost alot but being able to charge two phones and a watch is rare.
     
  6. puma1552 macrumors 603

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    I think as long as you have two devices it's worth it.
     
  7. rmoliv thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have the iPhone 8 Plus and the AirPods. Had the Watch 3, got rid of it but will buy the next Series if there is one. Anyway what could possibly be taking them so long? Is there any logic to it? Make people buy third party accessories from Belkin or mophie?
     
  8. bigjnyc macrumors 603

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    I didn’t realize Apple had announced the price already.
     
  9. tangfish macrumors regular

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    These things were $20 a few months ago, so I got a half dozen of em and put them in convenient places around the house.

    TYLT VU Qi Wireless Phone Charging Pad: 3 Coil Stand & Fast Battery Charger Station for Compatible iPhone Galaxy Note Lumia Droid DNA LG Google & Android Cell Phones (Blue) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DG8NVQI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_ECxYAbXSDXCBR

    It’s been great. I prefer a slow/gentle charge to the fast ones (or you could have both) because my charging is usually done overnight or not in a rush. It makes a big difference having the phone at an angle so you can see it.
     
  10. rmoliv, Apr 8, 2018
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    rmoliv thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. However I need fast charging because I always have brightness set to 100% and tons of GPS apps that drain a lot of battery. Plus I browse the Internet a lot.
     
  11. Relentless Power, Apr 8, 2018
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    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Look at this article. It’s indicating a possible release for the iPhone 8 in the Product Red, perhaps the Airpower will also be silently updated alongside the new Color if this is true. So there might be hope for you achieving your Airpower if this is rumor is True tomorrow.

    https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...iphone-8-and-iphone-8-plus-on-monday.2114089/

    Also, I don’t think anyone needs to have all three devices to appreciate the Airpower, it simply indicating it’s capabilities if somebody has all three devices (X/8/Wireless AirPod Case/Series 3) that it will support the Airpower. For example, I’m sure some will purchase the AirPower to simultaneously charge an iPhone 8 and iPhone X at the same time or maybe a Series 3 Watch and the wireless AirPod case.
     
  12. macintoshmac macrumors 68030

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    True. I wondered how the poster thought that three devices were needed to appreciate the charging mat. It goes to show how influential marketing is.
     
  13. democracyrules macrumors 6502a

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    Wait for AirPower. Your wait will be so worth it. No wireless chargers will beat Apple made wireless charger especially the quality.
     
  14. rmoliv thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I hope it supports fast charging. Anyway, I'll wait. Looks like a release date might be announced tomorrow according to the link above.
     
  15. ZipZap macrumors 603

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    Since no Qi AirPods charger exists. This seems to be largely the same:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/For-Apple-...hash=item2f19019dff:m:mbCUx8F-mhCSBZiKcXQ_qKg

    I am sure once apple sells the Qi AirPods case (an extra cost even if you buy AirPower), eBay will have 3-way chargers as well. Guarantee all will be priced WAY less than apple.
     
  16. rmoliv thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No AirPower released today with the Red iPhones... :mad:
     
  17. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    3rd parties Qi chargers are really cheap. I bought an OEM Samsung for $10 -- not the fast charger. Plenty of others to choose from 5w on up. I wouldn't wait for AirPower to enjoy wireless charging. Who knows when that will ship -- probably not until WWDC at the earliest. My guess is Apple will want to showcase it, and also it needs to push out the new wireless AirPod case and/or AirPods 2, and no rumors to indicate that is coming before WWDC, if then.
     
  18. AJsAWiz, Apr 19, 2018
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    https://www.theipmstore.com/product...-with-fast-qi-charger-charger-for-apple-watch
    iPM 2 in 1 Wireless Charging Pad With Fast Qi Charger + Charger For Apple Watch

    I got this for $35 (it's back up to $99 now). Here is where I, initially, found the deal.

    https://www.cnet.com/news/charge-your-apple-watch-and-iphone-for-35/

    Update 4/30/18
    I have used this for about 2 weeks now. It performs as advertised. Both, watch and iPhone x, charge without a hitch. With the watch side you can lay it flat like the iPhone or pop it up and charge the watch vertically. I'm not sure that I would have paid $99 for it but, as far as I know, it's the only "show" in town. If there are others out there I don't know about them. When Apple's Charger appears I'll, most likely, get it. But for now this works just fine. Here is a link to their official site:
    https://www.theipmstore.com/product...-with-fast-qi-charger-charger-for-apple-watch

    Side note: I did pick up Apple's Watch magnetic charging dock. It appears to charge faster than my other watch chargers.
     

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