Apple AirPower reportedly back on the table

Alonzo Simpson
March 26, 2020

He said that Apple "refuse" to release a version that doesn't work with its smart watches.

Apple said the product was not efficient enough in connection with the cancellation of the AirPower project.

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Naturally, Apple isn't going to want to release a new version of AirPower without Apple Watch support, as that would largely defeat the goal of an Apple-branded wireless charging mat, but it could very well be that the need to create smaller coils that offer smartwatch compatibility is what led to the seemingly insurmountable engineering challenges with the original AirPower. According to Prosser, "They're trying to re=engineer the coils to displace heat more effectively". He gives his sources a 5 out of 5 toilet paper rolls rating, which suggests that the information he has got hold of is 100 per cent accurate. Not only that, but users could also see the battery status of their devices on their iPhone's display. Talk of units catching fire echoed around Silicon Valley, but Jon Prosser now seems to think the old heat problem is being worked on once more. Unfortunately, the charging mat faced problems with overheating, which was attributed to its dense arrangement of coils. Well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo noted that Apple was working on a "smaller charging mat", however no further details were provided at the time.

Apple had first showcased the AirPower back in September 2017 alongside the launch of the iPhone X. At the time it said the intriguing accessory would be released by the end of 2018. Around this time past year, Apple chose to abandon the idea, citing the fact that it couldn't meet its own "high standards". While Apple never officially clarified on why it didn't meet the standards, there's a reason why the product didn't come through.

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