Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Apple's AirPower Accessory Misses its Promised 2018 Launch

Apple's AirPower Accessory Misses its Promised 2018 Launch

AT&T is the latest to joining the game with their Power Drum 2-in-1 wireless charger. A recent spoiler from the FCC website has accidentally revealed AT&T's plan to release a portable wireless charger.

The interesting part of the Power Drum is that it only supports up to the third-generation Apple Watch. However, the FCC filing does hint that the Power Drum could cost around $100.

Apple SVP Phil Schiller told the iPhone X event in September 2017 that it should be in the shops in 2018 and can not nail down availability for the companion AirPods wireless charging case.

The integrated battery makes it an ideal device to carry while traveling, though the 3,000mAh battery inside is not going to be enough to fully charge an iPhone XS Max and an Apple Watch at one go.

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The only downside of the Power Drum is that it features a microUSB port. The charger and power bank support all Qi-compatible smartphones, but when it comes to the Apple Watch, the filing strangely omits the Apple Watch Series 4. Perhaps AT&T started developing this at a time when USB Type-C wasn't in the mainstream yet. Of course, when it was announced in 2017, we expected the AirPower to arrive early in 2018 but Apple never said "early" so we cut them 365 days of slack.

Although it isn't known yet when AT&T's wireless charger is set to hit the market, it will supposedly be available for a hundred dollars.

The AirPower mat would also coordinate with its charging iOS devices to display charging percentages on the iPhone lock screen. The Power Drum definitely seems like a handy gadget to have especially if you own an Apple Watch and an iPhone.

Additionally, the patent notes that Apple's wireless charging mat "can implement" other charging technologies as well, like the Power Matters Alliance's technology.

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