iPhone XS and XS Max User Guides Reference AirPower, Suggesting Apple Still Plans to Release It

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    A user guide included with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max references the AirPower, suggesting that Apple has not yet shelved the much-anticipated charging mat.

    Developer Gavin Stevens shared an image of the guide this afternoon, which clearly has a passage mentioning the AirPower.

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    It's not clear why Apple left the reference to the AirPower in the iPhone XS and XS Max manuals, but it perhaps suggests that the company planned to ship the charging accessory alongside the new iPhones.

    AirPower was not mentioned at the September iPhone event, despite expectations that it would be, and it's been more than a year since the device was first announced.

    AirPower is meant to charge the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods all at the same time. A recent report suggested Apple has run into a number of issues that need to be solved before the AirPower can be offered for sale, including heat management, inter-device communication, and mechanical and interference problems.

    The AirPower reportedly produces too much heat at the current time, causing performance setbacks and charging issues. There are also communication issues between AirPower and devices placed on the mat, and the multi-device charging mechanism has resulted in interference that reduces efficiency.

    It's not clear how or when Apple will solve these problems, and almost all mentions of the AirPower have been scrubbed from the company's website. That the AirPower is mentioned in the packaging materials for the 2018 iPhones suggests Apple is still attempting to solve these issues, so we could see an AirPower launch at some point in the future.

    When the AirPower was announced, Apple said it would launch in 2018, but the company has not provided a more specific shipping date and it's not clear if the 2018 shipping goal is still realistic.

    Article Link: iPhone XS and XS Max User Guides Reference AirPower, Suggesting Apple Still Plans to Release It
     
  2. redman042 macrumors 68030

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    All it suggests to me is that the manual was printed before the decision to delay or cancel it was made.
     
  3. nynohu macrumors newbie

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    I think so lol.
     
  4. Icaras macrumors 603

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    It brings into question the fact that why didn't they reprint the manuals? Cost wise I can imagine it wouldn't be cheap but for Apple you'd think they would want to remove mention of it.
     
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  7. The Game 161 macrumors P6

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    Yeah can't see anything other than this
     
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  9. JPack macrumors 68030

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    The tree hugging lady who presented during last week's keynote probably opposed it.
     
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    They have sent the order for a few million user manual to be printed and cannot have them reprint.
     
  11. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    Air Power is just Apple slang for get your own wireless charger.
     
  12. dumoore macrumors member

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    I extremely doubt that the rumors of AirPower being such a huge failure, if true, were such a surprise at such an 11th hour that it got into the manuals and Apple decided to just go ahead with shipping the phones without fixing the mistake and figured "oh well" to a most likely cancelled or very very heavily delay product.
    Instead, what this points to is that Apple has every intention of releasing AirPower soon. And by soon I mean not waiting until next year's iPhones.
    Otherwise, since when does Apple make such a careless mistake?
     
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    I really need it. My nightstand looks like an explosion at the Olde Spaghetti Factory.
     
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    This is just embarrassing.

    I’m looking forward to reading about what in the hell happened about 10 years from now. It’s probably somehow Eddy Cue’s fault.
     
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    AirPower: we barely knew you and we still miss you.
     
  17. supercoolmanchu macrumors regular

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    Could just be a logistics issue, they've probably been going full out assembling and packaging product for a world wide launch.
     
  18. Ghost31 macrumors 68000

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    Until we forget all about it so they can just kill the product altogether
     
  19. munpip214 macrumors member

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    9to5 also mentioned that there was some update AirPower code in 12.1 betas.
     
  20. I am the Storm macrumors newbie

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    Hopefully it gets announced (re-announced) at the (rumored) iPad/Mac event in October...!?
     
  21. FourDegrees macrumors member

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    I'm not that fussed. I use a phone and watch stand overnight. No use for the charging mat.
     
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    I believe AirPower will factor heavily into Apple’s wearables strategy in the future (imagine a giant charging mat where you can just throw a whole bunch of wearable trackers and devices (some of which won’t even have charging ports) and have them charge overnight without having to fiddle with multiple cables or worry about aligning them properly.

    This is a temporary setback at best. I wouldn’t be so quick as to write off AirPower just yet.
     
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    FedEx/Kinkos would have delayed shipments to re-print and that would have pissed UPS and Apple off!
     
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    Which stand?
     
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