AirPower is not dead yet!

On September 12, 2017, Apple introduced the iPhone 8, 8plus, and X, the first generation of iPhone to feature wireless charging. So it was fitting that Apple also introduced an accessory called Airpower that same day which apple take on the wireless charging mat.

To differentiate Airpower from its competition, Apple included some incredible features, like the ability to place your apple watch, iPhone, and AirPods anywhere on the mat to charge.

Features that had never been possible before with previous wireless charging products, and this caused many people to wonder whether that kind of technology was possible at all.

Phil schiller assured that apple knew how to do it.

There were three factors which apple had to encounter before the launch

  • Heat management

  • Unreliable communication

  • Mechanical interface

Up until that point, the maximum number of the coil in a mat was 5, but Apple wanted to really push the bounders. It was rumored that Airpower had around 21 to 30 coils, and apple wanted to be the thinnest mat. Which put them in the thermal conner

Apple wanted to include a custom charging chip to manage communication between devices and to decide which coil will be activated and maintain the charge levels making the smartest mat in the market. but the smart chip wasn’t able to perform reliably

So apple had some difficult decisions to make either to make a water-down version of Airpower, which did not have the feature which they promised, or the canceled the whole product.

Airpower never actually made it to market.

Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, said

In March 2019,” After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards, and we have canceled 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 push the wireless experience forward,”

Everyone thought Apple is over with the Airpower.

A very accurate Apple leaker reported:

“ it’s back on, noting problems with the heat dissipation: “The project is back on, internally. No guarantee that they’ll finalize and release it, but they haven’t given up yet, and they’re trying to re-engineer the coils to displace heat more effectively. Prototyping is underway. Note: None of the current prototypes support Apple Watch – that’s their biggest hurdle right now, and They refuse to release a version that doesn’t work with Apple Watch. They’re re-engineering from scratch. Codename “Callisto” (same as original).Apple believes it is “necessary to push portless iPhone airpower is mandatory.”


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