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In addition to the (PRODUCT)RED edition iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple today introduced a (RED) leather folio for the iPhone X.

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The folio, which looks more like burgundy in the render, will be available for $99 beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, April 10, from Apple.com, Apple Stores, and the Apple Store app in the United States and several other countries.

(RED) was founded in 2006 by U2 frontman Bono and activist Bobby Shriver to raise funds for The Global Fund, which helps people affected by HIV or AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria in eight African countries, including Ghana, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Kenya, and Zambia.

Apple makes an unspecified contribution to The Global Fund for every (RED) product it sells, raising over $160 million to date in the past 11-plus years.

No Red or Gold Finish

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Over the past few weeks, rumors have suggested the (PRODUCT)RED finish may extend to the iPhone X, but it appears the color will be limited to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. There's also no sign of a twice rumored Blush Gold finish.

AirPower Wait Continues

With the (PRODUCT)RED edition iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus debuting today, it was reasonable to assume that availability of Apple's new AirPower charging mat could also be announced. Alas, it appears more patience will be required.

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Apple has only stated that AirPower will be available at some point in 2018. A trio of reports that pinpointed a March release date proved to be inaccurate.

One possibility is that the AirPower will merely show up on Apple's online store tomorrow alongside the red-colored iPhones, but this is purely speculation. It's very possible the AirPower simply isn't ready for an imminent release.

Article Link: iPhone X Gets (RED) Leather Folio, But No Rumored Red or Gold Finish, While AirPower Wait Continues
 

Nozuka

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I wonder why it is taking so long to release this thing... how hard can it be?
 
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According to Apple's website:
"The AirPower mat has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained."
 
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AirPods with wireless charging will come out as soon as AirPower does.
 
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Can someone give me an idea why the AirPower charging mat is a big deal? It seems to be just a 3 coil wireless Qi charger. Does having a name make it special somehow? I ask these questions mostly in jest, but it still sort of perplexes me some people consider a charging mat worthy of attention.

I think Apple will announce the charging mat as an aside at some future event. They will also be ambiguous about the tech specs of the device, like they were and still are (to some extent) with the HomePod. We will speculate about what the charging pad can and can't do with nary an ounce of proof from Apple.
 
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Hah, this story is basically my post on the last story.

Can someone give me an idea why the AirPower charging mat is a big deal? It seems to be just a 3 coil wireless Qi charger. Does having a name make it special somehow? I ask these questions mostly in jest, but it still sort of perplexes me some people consider a charging mat worthy of attention.

I think Apple will announce the charging mat as an aside at some future event. They will also be ambiguous about the tech specs of the device, like they were and still are (to some extent) with the HomePod. We will speculate about what the charging pad can and can't do with nary an ounce of proof from Apple.
I'm not sure if there is another charging mat out there that can charge three devices at once, including compatibility with Apple Watch and the new AirPods case? Maybe that's why? I won't pick one up until I upgrade my Apple Watch unless it's too expensive.
 
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I really hope that the money that’s been raised for the those countries and the medical issues are not been used for other things. All the money that’s been given for that cause and no cured yet. Wow!!
 
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I really hope that the money that’s been raised for the those countries and the medical issues are not been used for other things. All the money that’s been given for that cause and no cured yet. Wow!!

You must be trolling. Billions have been raised for cancer research and we don't have a cure for that either. The truth is that it's incredibly expensive to peruse treatments and cures for these diseases. The amount invested isn't an indication or guarantee we'll find a cure or how close we are to one.
 
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I'm not sure if there is another charging mat out there that can charge three devices at once, including compatibility with Apple Watch and the new AirPods case? Maybe that's why? I won't pick one up until I upgrade my Apple Watch unless it's too expensive.
I get what it is supposed to do. I don't get the hype surrounding it. But hey, people get excited about different things. I wouldn't expect anyone else to be as excited as I am about pecan honey butter.:) But you all should be. It's much more delicious than AirPower.
 
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Can someone give me an idea why the AirPower charging mat is a big deal? It seems to be just a 3 coil wireless Qi charger. Does having a name make it special somehow? I ask these questions mostly in jest, but it still sort of perplexes me some people consider a charging mat worthy of attention.

I think Apple will announce the charging mat as an aside at some future event. They will also be ambiguous about the tech specs of the device, like they were and still are (to some extent) with the HomePod. We will speculate about what the charging pad can and can't do with nary an ounce of proof from Apple.

I think there are supposed to be a couple of exclusive features - 1) I believe it’s drop anywhere charging - so you don’t have to place it a device exactly on right spot; 2) it can charge the watch series 3; 3) it can charge the AirPods. It also has a pretty neat charging status - which shows charging status of all devices on the phone.

Now I am not sure if 1 is really the case and I expect it’s not. Regarding 2, seems inconvenient if you use a loop band. And 3, I’m not sure the airpods case would require a special charger (I don’t think it will).

Overall, I don’t think it will be worth the wait or the cost (I expect it to be way over priced.)
 
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You must be trolling. Billions have been raised for cancer research and we don't have a cure for that either. The truth is that it's incredibly expensive to peruse treatments and cures for these diseases. The amount invested isn't an indication or guarantee we'll find a cure or how close we are to one.

Did not mean to offend anybody.
 
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According to Apple's website:
"The AirPower mat has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained."

Where are you seeing this? For some reason I can't find anything at all on Apple's site about AirPower which is odd since it was announced.
 
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Announce a product that is said to work with your device and then make costumers wait indefinitely is the most stupid thing ever. If by tomorrow’s morning it isn’t on the Apple store I just won’t buy it. I’m tired of waiting and being fooled.
 
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I think there are supposed to be a couple of exclusive features - 1) I believe it’s drop anywhere charging - so you don’t have to place it a device exactly on right spot; 2) it can charge the watch series 3; 3) it can charge the AirPods. It also has a pretty neat charging status - which shows charging status of all devices on the phone.

Now I am not sure if 1 is really the case and I expect it’s not. Regarding 2, seems inconvenient if you use a loop band. And 3, I’m not sure the airpods case would require a special charger (I don’t think it will).

Overall, I don’t think it will be worth the wait or the cost (I expect it to be way over priced.)

I’ll stick to my £12 Anker Wireless charger and my Apple donut watch charger that allows me to charge regardless of band. AirPods will need the wireless charging case they announced. I don’t use AirPods so no big deal

So in short, I’ll not be buying.
 
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Maybe they are working to include WATT Up technology so that charging can happen at a small distance form the charger... and are going to announce its availability along with a wireless charging keyboard and mouse at the developer's conference so we can replay these insane and ridiculous mice that are unusable when charging while plugged in...
 
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I'm also wondering what is holding up the AirPower, and what exactly will make it different.

I saw this show up at my local Sam's a month or so ago and almost picked it up, but I've been waiting to see what exactly the airpower offers, and how much it costs.

https://www.samsclub.com/sams/tripl...l15=52755528879&wl17=1o1&veh=sem&source=ifpla

I'm also wondering about the Apple Watch compatability, and if that is going to require some kind of update to the Series 3 watches? I know that my Series 3 will not work with the Qi charger in my wife's 2018 Honda Oddyssey, so I'm wondering if the watch isn't going to use Qi, but something else? Maybe the Airpower is going to have to support Qi and some other Apple standard for the watches? Is the new Airpods case going to use Qi or some other standard?

It would be nice if Apple would give us some more info about what is going on here.

As it is right now my wife's iPhone 8 is the only thing that I would be able to charge with the Atomi pad so it isn't worth picking it up for us.
 
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Can someone give me an idea why the AirPower charging mat is a big deal? It seems to be just a 3 coil wireless Qi charger. Does having a name make it special somehow? I ask these questions mostly in jest, but it still sort of perplexes me some people consider a charging mat worthy of attention.

I think Apple will announce the charging mat as an aside at some future event. They will also be ambiguous about the tech specs of the device, like they were and still are (to some extent) with the HomePod. We will speculate about what the charging pad can and can't do with nary an ounce of proof from Apple.

I know you know what the Airpower already does, but what makes it _special_, is that if somebody has the iPhone X/8, Series 3 Apple Watch and wireless AirPod battery case, they can charge all three products simultaneously (or), they can mix-and-match maybe two phones or two Series 3 Apple Watches for example. Really, there is no other product on the market that offers this type of charging solution, given this is proprietary with the Airpower. I don’t see many consumers taking advantage of the AirPower if the price point is unreasonable, it’s just a matter of what somebody is willing to spend depending where Apple prices this.
 
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I know you know what the Airpower already does, but what makes it _special_, is that if somebody has the iPhone X/8, Series 3 Apple Watch and wireless AirPod battery case, they can charge all three products simultaneously (or), they can mix-and-match maybe two phones or two Series 3 Apple Watches for example. Really, there is no other product on the market that offers this type of charging solution, given this is proprietary with the Airpower. I don’t see many consumers taking advantage of the AirPower if the price point is unreasonable, it’s just a matter of what somebody is willing to spend depending where Apple prices this.

That's not necessarily true though. IF the Series 3 watch gets an update that makes it work with Qi chargers, and the new AirPods case uses the Qi standard, then the Atomi charger I linked to above should work for them too. But, Apple hasn't really said how the AirPower is going to work, so if it is doing something other than Qi charging for the Apple Watch Series 3 and AirPods case, then the Atomi charger won't work.

It would really be nice if Apple just came out and said if the Series 3 watch and AirPods case are going to use Qi or not.
 
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If you post something others don't believe YOU have to prove it, that's how things work on MR and is in the sites FAQ.

If you can't then don't post such comments.

I've seen both the iPad Pro and 12 in. MacBook well before they were unveiled thanks to my friend who works as an iOS developer and didn't care about their NDA clause.

That being said, I don't believe they shipped the AirPower to anyone yet.
Assuming it would charge the X so fast, it would have to be connected to a 29W supply for it to be able to deliver a reasonable amount of power to all connected devices.
 
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I know you know what the Airpower already does, but what makes it _special_, is that if somebody has the iPhone X/8, Series 3 Apple Watch and wireless AirPod battery case, they can charge all three products simultaneously (or), they can mix-and-match maybe two phones or two Series 3 Apple Watches for example. Really, there is no other product on the market that offers this type of charging solution, given this is proprietary with the Airpower. I don’t see many consumers taking advantage of the AirPower if the price point is unreasonable, it’s just a matter of what somebody is willing to spend depending where Apple prices this.
Yeah, I get all of that. Boil it down, it's just a wireless charger. Charging devices is a pretty pedestrian activity. Charging them at the same time is just as pedestrian imo. Maybe it's because Qi wireless charging is relatively new to Apple fans, generally speaking, there's still some novelty to using it.
 
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That's not necessarily true though. IF the Series 3 watch gets an update that makes it work with Qi chargers, and the new AirPods case uses the Qi standard, then the Atomi charger I linked to above should work for them too. But, Apple hasn't really said how the AirPower is going to work, so if it is doing something other than Qi charging for the Apple Watch Series 3 and AirPods case, then the Atomi charger won't work.

But what we do know, is that the Airpower is capable of charging all three devices Simultaneously with the Series 3, iPhone 8/X and wireless battery case for the AirPods, which leads me to my next point, and I’m not trying to be dismissive of your post, but nobody cares about the Atomi charger. The Airpower has _marketing and branding_, Atomi does not. So we know if the consumer has two of the three devices to take advantage of the AirPower, they likely will purchase the Airpower, because it’s available through Apple and it’s an Apple product.

As Far as Series 3 working with Qi chargers, yes, that’s unsettled at the moment.

It would really be nice if Apple just came out and said if the Series 3 watch and AirPods case are going to use Qi or not.

They won’t. None of those details you’re requesting above will be answered until the day the release of the product. And once users have hands-on with the product, then those questions will be answered. Similarly to the HomePod and all the unanswered questions that were considered and unanswered all the way up to the day of the launch of the HomePod.
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Yeah, I get all of that. Boil it down, it's just a wireless charger. Charging devices is a pretty pedestrian activity. Charging them at the same time is just as pedestrian imo. Maybe it's because Qi wireless charging is relatively new to Apple fans, generally speaking, there's still some novelty to using it.

My main theme being, is not that wireless Charging is anything new technology that we have not seen before, it’s just the advantage of charging three different devices at once if somebody had said three devices (Or even two of the three) to take advantage of charging Versus just charging your iPhone on a separate dock or the Apple Watch on its sole inductive Charger. You can do so with all three, I think it’s merely the _convenience_ was the point behind my post.
 
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