Apple's highly anticipated AirPower wireless charging mat has been cancelled by the intractable laws of physics. AirPower was revealed in fall 2017 as a versatile charging mat based on an expansion of the Qi standard, which would allow multiple devices to charge simultaneously. Not only would AirPods, iPhones and Apple Watch devices charge anywhere on the mat, but charge status would be communicated in real time.
Apple continues its launch of new products this week with a sequel to its wireless AirPods. The refresh features a variety of improvements over the 1st generation model, which was in short supply after its release in December 2016. Since then, AirPods have become one of Apple's most successful accessories. So what new features come with the AirPods 2nd generation?
According to new reports out of China, Apple plans to launch the AirPower wireless charging mat in September. Sources claim that Apple was aiming to release AirPower in June, but overheating issues pushed back production. The unique charging mat was first teased by Apple in September last year.
Apple surprised the world last fall when the company revealed it was working on a wireless charging mat called AirPower. With AirPower, owners of multiple Apple devices can charge up to three things at the same time. For example, an iPhone, Apple Watch and a set of AirPods can all be charged on the same mat.
The year 2017 was the year of Qi wireless charging for Apple devices. Much of the buzz surrounding the iPhone 8 and iPhone X revolves around the additions of a built-in charging receiver and glass back. While the simplest way to get Qi charging is to upgrade, iPhone owners may not want to spend the money. Luckily, for those with earlier model iPhones there is a cheap way to try wireless charging with your existing iPhone.