Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
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AirPower pad, Apple's wireless charger, may arrive in September

AirPower pad, Apple's wireless charger, may arrive in September

Apple is reportedly aiming to release its AirPower charging pad before or in September.

Apple showed off AirPower in September 2017 and rumors suggest it'll be released a year later.

Unlike wireless chargers on the market today, the AirPower is created to charge three devices simultaneously: an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods with a still-to-be-released wireless charging case.

At the time, the company's marketing boss Phil Schiller said it would be available in 2018, as reflected on Apple's website, but the company failed to give an exact release date. Fixing bugs in that firmware has been another of AirPower's challenges, though the presence of an iOS-capable chip in a charging mat raises the prospect that the accessory will also be saddled with an unrealistically high price. Each of the supported devices already includes a charger, and single-product wireless chargers can generally be had for $30 to $50.

Customers may have to wait until September 2018 to get Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat, reports Bloomberg.


Apple has had to address issues regarding overheating and the "complexity of the circuitry" within the mat.

Apple didn't respond to a request for comment. But in traditional Apple fashion, the company wants to offer its own version of a wireless charging mat with unique features so it can persuade users to stay within its product and services ecosystem.

This seems to be a credible time frame, as Apple also typically announces its new iPhones around that time. While we may find wireless chargers across major shops and offices in a few years from now, there are still plenty of other scenarios where you would need to have a charging port on your device for charging purposes. The company added Qi wireless charging to its devices, and later via a software update, managed to improve the wireless charging speed from 5W to 7.5W as well. He write that 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.

As mentioned by Bloomberg, Apple was planning to remove the lightning port from its flagship iPhone X but somehow the idea did not convert into reality.

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