Mark Gurman answers the long-running question “what did the Apple AirPower do?”: According to its sources, usually very reliable, Apple’s wireless charger will be available in September.
As reported by Bloomberg, according to Mark Gurman Apple is solving the latest technical problems before starting mass production of the AirPower charger:
Apple didn’t say when in 2018 it would release AirPower, but engineers hoped to launch the charger by June. The aim now is to put it on sale before or in September, according to one of the people. In recent months, some Apple engineers have ramped up testing of the device by using it as their charger at the office, another person said
Apple introduced the AirPower for the first time together with the iPhone X in September 2017. At the time, Apple said that the device would be launched in early 2018, and then remove the phrase “first months” from the official website .
The hardware problems mainly concerned the custom chip that serves to manage the charge for each single paired device. This chip also runs a “reduced version of iOS”. These are the words of Gurman:
An executive at an Apple partner that manufactures third-party wireless chargers for iPhones, who asked not to be identified, said that the multi-device charging mechanism is challenging to build because it likely requires different sized charging components for the three types of devices, which would all overlap across the mat.
At this point, it is likely that AirPower will be launched in late September along with the new iPhone. It remains to understand why Apple has announced a new device although not certain we do not say a specific date, but less than a quarter. And there are those who think that this is a deliberate choice: Apple knew of possible delays, but announced the AirPower to make users understand that sooner or later this new accessory would arrive. In practical terms, this would result in many people who may not have spent money on premium-level wireless chargers, just to wait for the alternative from Apple.
Recall that AirPower uses the Qi protocol and is able to charge up to three devices simultaneously. The base is also able to detect the position of the device to better manage the charge. Currently, all other Qi wireless chargers allow you to charge only one device at a time. With the AirPower, users will able to charge iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3 and new AirPods at the same time.
Devices can be placed anywhere on the AirPower mat. The Qi standard is based on the induction between two coils that provide the relative power to the device that requires recharging. The base station contains a transmission coil which generates an oscillating magnetic field which, in turn, induces alternating current in the receiving field. AirPower does not use specific positions, as is the case for other bases on the market. Recall that, while using the Qi protocol, AirPower can only be used with Apple devices.