It’s official. Today, Apple has cancelled its AirPower wireless charger project, which they announced during the company’s iPhone X event back in September 2017 when Apple unveiled wireless charging as one of the new features for the iPhone X. In a statement, they blamed not achieving “high standards” as a reason for cancelling the project.
Airpower could charge three devices at once
It’s been well over a year since Apple first announced AirPower in September 2017, a wireless charging mat that was designed to charge several devices simultaneously, including the Apple Watch. A new tech that would let the charger work without having to find an exact sweet spot on the pad, and a software overlay for the iPhone to display the current charge for all three devices at once. At the time, Apple said the device would be available sometime in 2018, but then the company went silent about the project.
“After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project. We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to pushing the wireless experience forward” said Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering in an emailed statement today first reported to TechCrunch. NewTechUpdates confirmed the report and statement with Apple.
It seemed Apple couldn’t solve the heating and power challenges necessary to finalize the product.
Issues behind cancelling of Airpower
Apple never gave an official word as to what was actually going on with AirPower, but there have been reports and rumours about the issues like overheating issues due to the multi-coild design that was necessary for the product to work. According to sources, even hardware engineers at Apple denied the working of AirPower. Apple had mentioned the unreleased AirPower in some packaging materials, and it’s shown on the box of the new AirPods wireless charging case. There’s no doubt AirPower could have been a very useful product for people with multiple Apple devices as it has the capability to charge all devices at once.
This is a very unfortunate and major setback for Apple. Combined with the ongoing MacBook Pro keyboard woes, many are questioning about the state of hardware engineering within Apple.