Apple finally decided to draw a line on the AirPower, it’s wireless charging mat that played the Arlésiennes for a year and a half. Announced at the launch of the iPhone X in September 2017, the accessory was supposed to simultaneously recharge up to three Apple devices. “After much effort, we concluded that AirPower would not meet our high standards and we canceled the project”
Apple killed AirPower in the bud
Apple killed AirPower in the bud. This is the first time that the brand gives up the launch of a technology, after having implicitly announced. AirPower was supposed to allow to recharge several devices at the same time, in this case, the last generation iPhone, an Apple Watch and AirPods, simply by putting them on a dedicated surface. “After a lot of effort, we came to the conclusion that we will not meet our high standards and we canceled the project,” said Dan Riccio, senior vice president of Engineering (Hardware Engineering) Apple, in an email made public by the American site Techcrunch.
The race for wireless charging
The race for wireless charging has been running for manufacturers for several years. It is driven by the development of the category of “wearables” (watches, wireless headphones, connected bracelets …), for practical and design reasons. Manufacturers have quickly abandoned the idea of developing watches that would recharge with a USB port on the side: both unsightly and not functional. Apple has explored its own path, without neglecting the standard Qi, the most widespread on the market. Since the iPhone 8, its smartphones can be recharged wirelessly with an inductive charger.
Almost official existence
AirPower had to bring a little more, like the ability to charge multiple devices at the same time, faster and with the ability to track the evolution of the load. Certainly, in the history of the group, there have been some strategic changes. Long awaited on the TV market, Apple has finally buried its claims in the field. The difference between Air Power and the other projects of the group forgotten before even their launch is the state of progress. When the others remained in the state of rumors fueled by the hiring of specialists from this or that sector, Air Power already had an almost official existence.