Originally announced in 2017, Apple’s Airpower charging mat was promised for delivery in 2018. Apple stayed quiet until 2019 when it announced it was pulling the plug on the project, citing that it reached technical difficulties that caused overlapping coils to overheat when charging the Apple Watch.
Following Apple’s official cancellation of the Airpower charger, reports surfaced in March that Apple had secretly reignited the Airpower’s development. Now, a new tweet from leakster Jon Prosser, reveals that Apple has indeed been working on refining the AirPower charging mat, and the latest prototype is shown successfully charging the Apple Watch.
Well, you guys wanted a better picture of “C68”... 😏— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) June 18, 2020
Remember how I said that the main problem was that current prototypes didn’t support Apple Watch?
They got the Watch working... 👀 pic.twitter.com/LvBeNAAtt3
Apple has never officially acknowledged the Airpower charging mat since it cancelled its development, so we wonder whether Apple plans to launch the charging mat at all, or if it will release it as a “one more thing” product at its next iPhone launch event.
Apple has seen grand success in convincing its users that its top-selling three products, the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods, are really a mobile trifecta. If Apple can sell these three products together, it would be in its balance sheet's interest to convince its users that they need this charging mat to top up their Apple devices.
I wouldn't need one if Apple Watch allowed Qi charging. Also it's a bit annoying since I use butterfly clasp metal bracelet on my AW5 so I can't just place it on a mat anymore.
Wait whuaat!? Using an A11 chipset, talk about overkill, basically using an iphone as a charge controller :D hope its is just a prototype. Would be as expensive as a budget phone, may be apple plans on crypto mining using ur house electric...