Rarely does the release of the product turn into a “mysterious saga”, but it seems that this is exactly what happens with Apple AirPower mat. The AirPower pad should or should (?) be a wireless charging charging device iPhone,, Apple Watch AirPods together. Apple has officially postponed the product, but it is rumored that it may be revived.
According to a Bloomberg report, “Apple is still researching a future wireless charger that works similarly to the failed AirPower, a charging pad designed to power the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods at the same time.”
Not only does the report say Apple is “exploring” other wireless charging methods. These methods can work over “longer distances than an inductive connection”, the report said.
For those who are not aware AirPower mat first appeared in 2017 during the launch of the iPhone X. Apple in its main note showed the device, but never talked about it. Rumors have been circulating about the release of an AirPower mat for almost two years.
In 2019, however, Apple officially announced that it was killing the product. Dan Riccio, Apple’s hardware engineering SVP, said in March 2019 that “We concluded that AirPower would not meet our high standards and canceled the project.”
Last year, Apple’s prolific adviser John Prosser suggested that Apple could work to revive the product. But in October 2020, Prosser said the product was “dead” again. “All AirPower prototypes / tests have been removed from the 2021 schedule. Sources doubt they will ever be taken again. “AirPower seems to be dead again,” Prosser said.
The latest Bloomberg report adds another chapter to the AirPower mat saga. The report states that the schedule for the launch of AirPower or a similar product is not known and may be “several years”.