Apple AirPower Launch Pushed Back to September

23 June, 2018, 05:18 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • Apple's AirPower wireless charger may not be released until September (AAPL)

However, this shouldn't come as a surprise for anyone as Apple is already aiming to go the "wireless" way with its devices.

With wireless charging becoming more and more prevalent, there's certainly a case to be made for Apple to remove physical ports from the iPhone.

AirPower is created to charge up to three devices at once: ideally your latest iPhone, the Apple Watch and the AirPods (once that wireless charging case is released).

The AirPower charger is also more advanced than the current competition because it includes a custom Apple chip running a stripped-down version of the iOS mobile operating system to conduct on-device power management and pairing with devices. Apparently, Apple had hoped to launch the charger by June; however, the goal has shifted to before or in September.

Overheating is one problem company engineers have had to contend with.

The company's solution is unique because it can charge three devices at a time.

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Apple's previously announced but still unreleased AirPower charger is now expected to ship in or before September 2018, Bloomberg reports today. "Another is the complexity of the circuitry, according to people familiar with the device's development".

While we all envision a future where we are able to charge our phones wirelessly, that future is still a long time away.

Apple faced similar issues with the HomePod smart speaker, which was released this year, about six months after the device was first announced.

Furthermore, while it is expanding, we're still waiting for wireless charging to garner more mainstream adoption. In 2016, Apple's flagship smartphone, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus shocked the entire smartphone market by removing the headphone jack and relying completely on wireless technology. First and foremost, I think battery life needs to see a major improvement before Apple drops physical wired charging altogether. Plus, Apple would have then also had to bundle a wireless charger in the retail box which would have pushed its production cost up. Samsung for now seems to have the fastest wireless charging speed but that also is slower than what wired charging tech has to offer.

The charger is based on custom charging technology, which it intends to integrate with the Qi charging standard, the company said a year ago.

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