Become a MacRumors Supporter for $50/year with no ads, ability to filter front page stories, and private forums.

MacRumors

macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001
63,524
30,823



Apple aims to release its multi-device AirPower charging mat "before or in September," after facing a handful of technical challenges with its hardware and software, according to well-connected reporter Mark Gurman.

airpoweriphone8.jpg

An excerpt from his Bloomberg News story:
Apple didn't say when in 2018 it would release AirPower, but engineers hoped to launch the charger by June. The aim now is to put it on sale before or in September, according to one of the people. In recent months, some Apple engineers have ramped up testing of the device by using it as their charger at the office, another person said.
Apple first previewed the AirPower alongside the iPhone X in September 2017. At the time, the company's marketing chief Phil Schiller said it would be available in 2018, as reflected on Apple's website. Pricing has not been disclosed.

Gurman says Apple engineers initially hoped for a June launch, presumably at WWDC 2018, but noted the AirPower has been delayed due to technical challenges, including the potential for overheating, complex multi-device charging circuitry, and software bugs with the accessory's on-board firmware.

AirPower is said to include a custom Apple chip running "a stripped down version of iOS" for power management and pairing with devices:
The AirPower charger is also more advanced than the current competition because it includes a custom Apple chip running a stripped down version of the iOS mobile operating system to conduct on-device power management and pairing with devices. Apple engineers have also been working to squash bugs related to the on-board firmware, according to the people familiar.
AirPower is an oval-shaped mat that can inductively charge multiple Apple devices at once, including the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, and Apple Watch Series 3 models. It will also be able to charge AirPods when they are placed in a new, optional charging case set to launch alongside AirPower.

AirPower's ability to charge multiple devices is derived from propriety technology developed by Apple. Apple said it will work to have its technology become part of the universal Qi standard, supported by the latest iPhones, so that other third-party manufacturers can release multi-device charging mats.

AirPower is another step towards Apple's goal of a wireless future. Gurman says Apple designers eventually hope to "remove most of the external ports and buttons on the iPhone," noting Apple even considered removing wired charging from the iPhone X, but decided wireless charging was not yet fast enough.

Of course, the AirPower is not truly wireless, as power is supplied to the mat with a charger connected via Lightning cable.

Article Link: Gurman: Apple Aims to Release AirPower By September
 
  • Like
Reactions: MrUNIMOG

democracyrules

Suspended
Nov 18, 2016
997
609



Apple aims to release its inductive AirPower charging mat "before or in September," according to well-connected reporter Mark Gurman.

airpoweriphone8.jpg

An excerpt from his Bloomberg News story:Apple first previewed the AirPower alongside the iPhone X in September 2017. At the time, the company's marketing chief Phil Schiller said it would be available in 2018, as reflected on Apple's website. Pricing has not been disclosed.

Gurman says Apple initially hoped for a June launch, presumably at WWDC 2018, but noted the AirPower is "taking longer to make due to a series of technical hurdles," including the potential for overheating, complex circuitry related to its multi-device charging functionality, and firmware bugs.

AirPower is an oval-shaped accessory that can inductively charge multiple Apple devices at once, including the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, and Apple Watch Series 3 models. It will also be able to charge AirPods when they are placed in a new, optional charging case set to launch alongside AirPower.

The mat's ability to charge multiple devices will be achieved with a propriety technology developed by Apple. Apple said it will work to have its technology become part of the universal Qi standard supported by the latest iPhones.

Article Link: Mark Gurman: Apple Aims to Release AirPower By September
I am soooooooooo excited. The best charger in the market is coming. Awesome!!!!!!!
 

NightFox

macrumors 68040
May 10, 2005
3,239
4,486
Shropshire, UK
I had forgotten about this; assumed it just went the way of the dodo bird. Anyone who wanted an inductive charger would have purchased one by now from another vendor? I sure didn't wait around.

Yeah, I’d forgotten too. That’s really not good for Apple if the time between announcement and release is so long that people actually lose interest and forget
 

H3LL5P4WN

macrumors 68040
Jun 19, 2010
3,386
3,956
Pittsburgh PA
is that safe for cats?

lol not likely. They'll knock everything off of it. I switched from wired to wireless on my nightstand because they kept trying to eat the cable. Now, they knock my phone off my charging pad.
[doublepost=1529583902][/doublepost]
Bought a cheapie Anker mat for my X months ago from Amazon. Works great, I’m good.

Everyone: that’s an amazing story.

Me: it is!

I too bought Anker Power Wave chargers. With their launch coupon, so they weren't as expensive as they are now.
 

nwcs

macrumors 68030
Sep 21, 2009
2,722
5,262
Tennessee
I was interested when it was first announced but now I have enough wireless chargers around that I don’t need it. I am curious, though, to see how much they’ll charge for it. Now, if it can charge two iPhones at the same time maybe but not if it’s ridiculously overpriced.
 
  • Like
Reactions: jbachandouris

Braderunner

Suspended
Oct 2, 2015
1,488
3,345
Tralfamadore
Hopefully, it has some magical feature that we don't know about. I mean, it's a charging mat.
Yes...I know...you can place your phone, Watch, and AirPods on it to charge at the same time. Buuuut, that just doesn't seem that amazing to me. :eek: :cool:
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.