A year and a half have passed since Apple first introduced its wireless charging station to the public. At the autumn presentation of 2017, the company promised that AirPower will go on sale in early 2018, but as we all know, this did not happen. Just yesterday, March 29, 2019, the company’s senior vice president of hardware, Dan Riccio, officially announced that they are closing this project:
“After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have canceled the project. We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward.”
Recall, AirPower is a wireless charging station that can simultaneously charge up to three gadgets: iPhone, AirPods, Apple Watch and at the same time, it should synchronize the charging state. This is necessary so that the user has the opportunity to see the charge level of each device on his iPhone.
But as practice has shown, this device turned out to be much more difficult from a technical point of view than it was originally assumed in the company. The fact is that the represented AirPower concept had a very minimalistic design and a rather compact size. There are charging stations on the market that can charge several devices at the same time, but they are much more than Apple’s concept. The large size will allow placing the induction coil at a sufficient distance from each other. Most likely, Apple engineers faced this problem when developing this product.
Probably, the company will return to the development of AirPower, but this will happen when available technologies appear in the world that will let Apple start mass production. In the meantime, users will have to be satisfied with standard Qi format wireless charging stations.
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