Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Apple AirPower's complexity is causing delays, device might get scrapped completely

Apple AirPower's complexity is causing delays, device might get scrapped completely

There was one product that notably missing from Apple's event, however: AirPower.

Apple unveiled its concept for AirPower at a 2017 product event.

The AirPower charging mat was supposed to compliment the new wireless charging capability of the iPhones and was set to be launched sometime in 2018.

The AirPower, first teased over a year ago at Apple's iPhone X unveiling, is the company's first wireless charger and was hyped for its ability to charge AirPods (with compatible case), an Apple Watch, and an iPhone simultaneously.

Needless to say, this is causing interference issues, and issues with communication between devices. This heating issue also affects Apple's Apple's custom charging chip, which runs a stripped down version of iOS, causing it not function properly.

Roseanne Barr reveals her character’s fate in The Conners
Barr's former cast members Goodman, Sara Gilbert , and Laurie Metcalf are returning for " The Conners ". "It's done. ABC canceled its " Roseanne " reboot after Barr tweeted about Valerie Jarrett, Chelsea Clinton, and George Soros.


So at this point, for anyone who was waiting for a homegrown wireless charger from Apple, now might be a good time to look elsewhere as AirPower has seemingly transformed into vaporware.

The mechanism being used for multi-device charging, which we can confirm is comprised of between 21 and 24 power coils of various sizes to accommodate the three main products to be charged (AirPods equipped with a so-far-nonexistent wireless charging accessory case, iPhone, and Apple Watch), which are broken into three identical charging groups, is proving extremely hard to build or refine, and has been resulting in a significant amount of interference up to this point, which reduces the efficiency of the charging mat, and contributes to the heat issues that engineers are facing. These coils are reportedly proving to be hard to build or refine, and this "has been resulting in a significant amount of interference up to this point, which reduces the efficiency of the charging mat, and contributes to the heat issues that engineers are facing".

Apple is rumoured to have gone back to the drawing board with the AirPower, and the charging mat may not see a launch very soon. Finally, there were tricky issues with regards to managing interference according to Dickson.

And Dickson's sources think the problems may be too much to overcome and Apple could cancel the AirPower project entirely. The company has also removed all mentions of the AirPower from its website, lending more weight to the claim of its demise or a prolonged delay.

Longtime Apple fanatic John Gruber also cited similar reports from third-party sources, with "little birdies" telling him that AirPower is "truly fucked". Over the weekend, Gruber said via Daring Fireball that he's heard from multiple sources that AirPower's multi-coil design is running too hot.

Like this: