Apple's AirPower charging mat could launch in September

Joanna Estrada
June 23, 2018

At Apple's September 2017 product event, the company said AirPower would be released in 2018.

The AirPower device was created to be able to charge more than one device as well, with space for up to three devices including iPhone, Apple Watches and AirPods simultaneously. Thanks to their glass backs, these phones can be used with Qi-certified chargers to supply power to your phone via magnetic induction. For many, AirPower was a logical addition to Apple's lineup of accessory.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports that Apple had originally planned to release the gadget by June, with an announcement likely planned for WWDC, but says the launch was delayed due to "technical challenges".

Overheating is one problem company engineers have had to contend with.

Not only did the product instantly whet the appetite of individuals who wanted something that was capable of charging multiple devices wirelessly at once, but it also upset those who were a little less than enthusiastic with Apple's extremely open for interpretation timescales of release.

Apple is still to announce the price for the AirPower charging solution, but we're expecting it to be around £175/$200.

Apple Inc.'s long-awaited AirPower wireless charger may be finally coming to market in September following surprising revelations about the reasons for the unprecedented delay.

In order to charge multiple devices at once, the mat has to be fitted with several charging components, each of which are different sizes and overlap across the mat - a task that has proven hard.

This can then be used to transfer a voltage - or charge - to the smartphone.

Apple's new charging system operates at 7.5 watts. He write that Apple designers eventually hope to "remove most of the external ports and buttons on the iPhone", noting Apple even considered removing wired charging from the iPhone X, but decided wireless charging was not yet fast enough.

The firm has more faith in wireless charging than we do at this oint.

The charger is based on custom charging technology, which it intends to integrate with the Qi charging standard, the company said past year.

This seems to be a credible time frame, as Apple also typically announces its new iPhones around that time.

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