Apple aims to release its inductive AirPower charging mat “before or in September,” according to well-connected reporter Mark Gurman.
An excerpt from his Bloomberg News story:
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 first previewed AirPower at its iPhone X event in September 2017. At the time, the company’s marketing chief Phil Schiller said it would be available in 2018, as reflected on Apple’s website. Pricing has not been disclosed.
Gurman says Apple initially hoped for a June launch, presumably at WWDC 2018, but noted the AirPower is “taking longer to make due to a series of technical hurdles,” including the potential for overheating, complex circuitry related to its multi-device charging functionality, and firmware bugs.
AirPower is an oval-shaped accessory that can inductively charge multiple Apple devices at once, including the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, and Apple Watch Series 3 models. It will also be able to charge AirPods when they are placed in a new, optional charging case set to launch alongside AirPower.
The mat’s ability to charge multiple devices will be achieved with a propriety technology developed by Apple. Apple said it will work to have its technology become part of the universal Qi standard supported by the latest iPhones.
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