AirPower’s Trio Of Troubles That Made It A No-Show At Apple’s September Event
By Yoon Sann Wong, 18 Sep 2018
Image screenshot via Apple
AirPower, where art thou?
For a year now, the world has been awaiting Apple’s AirPower, its wireless charging mat that was introduced in September 2017.
Sadly, there was no sign of the gadget at Apple’s 12 September event where it announced the iPhone Xs, Xs Max and XR.
Two reports citing sources close to the matter have shed more light on the plights plaguing AirPower, including overheating, communication, and interference issues.
UI designer and writer John Gruber penned on Daring Fireball that AirPower’s multi-coil design is causing overheating problems, an issue also touched upon inside a report from Sonny Dickson, which specializes in exclusive technology-related news leaks.
What’s more, the latter source further detailed complexities with inter-device communication, which means AirPower has yet to accurately monitor the charging levels of each device placed on the mat.
Lastly, the touted ability for AirPower to charge up to three devices simultaneously is proving challenging to achieve in reality. Beneath its surface, the design of its power coils has led to interference issues, thereby affecting efficiency and thermal regulation.
Since Apple’s 12 September event, the company has seemingly updated its website to discreetly remove all inkling of AirPower, save for one place. Over on its ‘AirPods’ page, Apple shows an image of the mat beneath its “optional wireless charging case” that’s been indicated as “currently unavailable,” as pictured in the main image above.
Thus far, Apple has made no comments on the status of AirPower. It could be that Apple has returned to the drawing board to perfect the device, start over entirely with a new design, or perhaps, given up altogether on the idea, as suggested by Gruber.
AirPower must be well and truly fucked. No one at Apple will say a word about it, even off the record. And as a result they didn’t even mention inductive charging during the event, even though the XS and XR both charge faster than the X.— John Gruber (@gruber) September 12, 2018
[via 9to5Mac, CNET, Daring Fireball and Sonny Dickson, main image via Apple]
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