AirPower (hardware)

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AirPower
Apple AirPower.jpg
AirPower, an Apple-designed wireless charging mat
DeveloperApple Inc.
TypeWireless charging mat

AirPower was a proposed wireless charging mat developed by Apple Inc.[1] It was initially previewed on September 12, 2017 at an Apple media event at the Steve Jobs Theater.[2][3]

It was based on the Qi standard, and was designed to charge multiple devices simultaneously, which is not currently a supported feature of the Qi standard.[4][5] Apple claimed it was working towards incorporating this ability into the Qi-standard.[6]

On September 12, 2018, immediately after Apple's 'Gather Round' media event, Apple removed almost all mentions of the AirPower from its website.[7] There were reportedly several development issues, such as heat management, inter-device communication and speed, and mechanical and interference issues, which led to the device's development being cancelled internally. However, it has been suggested that Apple may release a less complex wireless charger offering similar capabilities in the future, possibly under the same name.[1]

Compatibility[edit]

AirPower was originally intended to be compatible with the following devices:[1][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Loyola, Roman (September 17, 2018). "Apple AirPower wireless charging pad: Overheating, engineering issues could doom it forever". MacWorld. IDG. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  2. ^ "The future is here: iPhone X" (Press release). Apple. September 12, 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  3. ^ "Apple iPhone 8 event live blog". The Verge. September 12, 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  4. ^ Villas-Boas, Antonio (September 12, 2017). "Apple's new wireless charger was intended to charge the new iPhones, Apple Watch, and AirPods at the same time". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  5. ^ Etherington, Darrell (September 12, 2017). "Apple reveals AirPower wireless charging pad coming in 2018". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  6. ^ Carmam, Ashley (September 12, 2017). "The iPhone 8 supports wireless charging". The Verge. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  7. ^ "After No Sign of AirPower at Today's Event Apple Wipes Most Mentions From Website, however the latest iPhone XS models come with a guide which mentions AirPower". Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  8. ^ "All three 2018 iPhones to support wireless charging, AirPower mat to cost $150, rumors say". AppleInsider. Retrieved 2018-08-13.