Apple met with technical hurdles in developing AirPower wireless charging mat

Apple met with technical hurdles in developing AirPower wireless charging mat


APPLE IS AIMING to release its long-awaited AirPower charging mat by September this year, according to Bloomberg. Because it is designed as a mat to let users place up to three different products - iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods - anywhere on its top, it needs to accommodate multiple and differently sized chargers being placed all over the surface. It is rumoured that Apple will launch three new iPhones in 2018 and with it the much-awaited AirPower mat might also finally be made available. The company hasn't mentioned it since, even at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month.

Additionally, unlike typical Qi wireless charging mats, the AirPower is a little more complicated since it is created to charge three devices simultaneously.

Now, word has it we're still months away from AirPower's launch. Apple as always hasn't responded to any rumours related to a product that hasn't been released. It claims that Apple designers eventually hope to remove most of the external ports and buttons on the iPhone, including the charger.

When AirPower was first announced alongside iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, Apple stated that the hardware would make its way into the public domain "sometime" during 2018.

Beyond the release date, there are still other mysteries surrounding AirPower. Introduced in September of 2017, the AirPower mat was supposed to compliment the iPhone X and iPhone 8.

Unlike existing wireless chargers, however, AirPower was to be something different. 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.

A dispatch from Apple's supply chain last fall warned about issues with AirPower.

It needs to be ideal if Apple's longer-term ambitions for wireless charging are to be cleanly executed, mind. The wait is another indication that Apple continues to struggle with last-minute engineering and manufacturing issues, particularly for first-generation accessories.

Interestingly, Apple has faced a lot of manufacturing hurdles with some of its other recent products such as the iPhone X and HomePod. It ended up initially going on sale at the end of April in limited quantities, with more models being subsequently released in stores in May and June.

But Apple failed to launch or even publicly address AirPower delays since then. The earbuds came out close to the December holiday season.

  • Terrell Bush