One of the more ambitious projects Apple had in the works was its AirPower charging mat. The wireless charging mat promised to charge three devices at a time by simply having the devices placed on it.
While exciting, the mat was also one of Apple’s most mysterious devices, as the company has been more or less quiet on it since the initial announcement back when the iPhone X was revealed in 2017. Since then, the device has come up a few times during presentations, but there was never a release date given.
Today, Apple finally threw in the towel on the device, citing an inability to meet its high standards.
What Happened With Apple’s AirPower?
Apple’s Dan Riccio, senior vice president of hardware engineering, sent a statement to TechCrunch with a short statement breaking down what happened with AirPower:
After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have canceled the project. We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward.
Because the device was being designed to charge multiple pieces of hardware at the same time, it was clearly complicated to get up and running.
Additionally, Apple used different wireless charging systems for the iPhone and the Apple Watch, which would make charging both at the same time even more complicated. That very well might explain why Apple had to give up on the charger.
There has been no shortage of rumors about the fate of AirPower, and at least Apple fans who were waiting for the device will get some closure!
What’s Next For Apple Device Owners?
Thankfully, AirPower isn’t the only way to wirelessly charge your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. There are tons of Qi wireless charging pads out there on Amazon that support Apple devices, so even without the official option, your choices are anything but limited.
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