It seems to be like AirPower is probably not lifeless in any case. Apple formally canceled its AirPower wi-fi charging mat virtually a yr in the past, however in accordance stories, the corporate has resumed improvement of AirPower internally. The information comes from leaker Jon Prosser, who tweeted that the corporate is at the moment engaged in prototyping, however that there’s no assure it’s going to ever be launched.
Originally, AirPower was supposed to be a wireless charging mat that would cost the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods wherever on the mat. All the person needed to do was merely place the gadget on the mat, and it could begin charging. Not solely that, however customers may additionally see the battery standing of their gadgets on their iPhone’s show.
According to Prosser, Apple’s principal problem is constructing a charging mat that supports the Apple Watch. While the iPhone and AirPods each assist Qi wi-fi charging, the Apple Watch as an alternative makes use of a propriety charging customary developed by Apple. In truth, Prosser notes that not one of the prototypes at the moment assist the Apple Watch — however that Apple refuses to launch a model of AirPower that doesn’t have Apple Watch assist.
Prosser isn’t the one one to counsel that Apple remains to be engaged on a wi-fi charging mat. Well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo famous that Apple was engaged on a “smaller charging mat,” nevertheless no additional particulars had been supplied on the time. Kuo prompt that the gadget could be launched within the first half of 2020 — nevertheless given provide chain points surrounding the coronavirus, formally often known as COVID-19, it’s unclear if that can nonetheless occur. It’s additionally unclear if the brand new charging mat shall be branded as an AirPower gadget.
MacRumors notes that Prosser has an honest monitor report with regards to Google leaks, however has but to change into identified for Apple leaks. Last week, Prosser tweeted that the rumored iPhone 9 had entered manufacturing, and that Apple was working with BYD in China to hurry up manufacturing of the brand new telephone.
Apple first introduced AirPower in 2017, focusing on a launch date of 2018. Subsequently, the corporate missed its launch date, and was compelled to delay the discharge of the product resulting from “manufacturing issues.”