After several years of persistent speculation, Apple eventually added the wireless charging support to the iPhone in 2017. But what seemed to have added cherry to the cake was the introduction of an advanced wireless charging mat called “AirPower”.
Designed to power up three devices like iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods simultaneously, the AirPower had a pretty good first impression. The tech giant announced that the wireless charging mat will be launched in December 2017. Forget about that year, almost three months had already been passed in 2019, but the confusion about the belated release still seemed to be lurking around.
Even though I had almost given up on Apple’s ambitious wireless charging mat, the recent rumors had (kind of) kept me on the edge. And frankly speaking, I was under the impression that AirPower would soon come out of the shadow of speculation. So, what suddenly made Apple lose hope and kill the wireless charger?
Wish…Apple Finally Learnt A Hard Lesson from AirPower Fiasco
Multi-Device Charging Technology Was Creating Major Hurdle
The charging mat was completely different from the ones available in the market. It was not just advanced but also ambitious. What made it stand out was the multi-device charging technology. As per reports, it’s this unique mechanism that was creating a major roadblock.
The custom charging technology was integrated with the Qi charging standard and required multiple charging sensors to power up multiple devices. Besides, it also needed different sized charging components for the three different devices.
“An executive at an Apple partner that manufactures third-party wireless chargers for iPhones, who asked not to be identified, said the multi-device charging mechanism is challenging to build because it likely requires the different sized charging components for the three types of devices, which would all overlap across the mat.” – Bloomberg
Complex Circuitry Design
AirPower required a complex circuitry design to provide the essential safety from short-circuiting, overheating and other similar threats. Apple engineers were reportedly finding it a bit tough to take complete control over it.
Considering how serious Apple has always been about the security of the device, the company wasn’t willing to go with a less competent charger. And, I think this is what kept the AirPower on the back burner for so long.
Finally…Apple Gives Up On AirPower
After putting plenty of effort and trying everything possible, Apple has given up on AirPower. So, sad.
While I did believe that producing AirPower was a very challenging task, I thought the tech giant had enough ammunition to achieve the desired result.
As much as I’m disappointed to have not put my hands on the wireless charger, I would like the Cupertino-based company to still pursue the goal and achieve it.
“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 pushing the wireless experience forward,” said Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering in an emailed statement today.
Maybe Apple Needed to Learn A Lesson…
The AirPower fiasco might just prove to be the hard lesson that Apple needed to stop being a bit too hasty. In recent times, the company tends to jumpstart something a little too early or for that matter even before the product could have a real shape.
No wonder, many folks who had followed the just concluded “Show Time” were left scratching the head as Apple’s bunch of newly announced services like Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, Apple Card, and Apple News Plus left too many questions answered.
You guessed it. Even though the tech giant had hardly any concrete stuff to showcase at the event, it lined up who’s who of Hollywood on the stage. And as if we’re not already flabbergasted with sketchy details, Apple announced that its much-awaited video-streaming service would launch in the fall! For many, it felt like a joke–and nothing else.
Wish…Apple Will No Longer Jumpstart In Haste…
I wish Apple took the failure of AirPower seriously and thought at least twice before unveiling a new thing. Though I still have no doubt over its desire to offer the best products, I want the brand to just toughen up a bit on the execution. After all, everything boils down to the end result.
By the way, let us know your feedback and whether or not you feel disappointed to have not bought AirPower. Just in case, you wish to explore some viable alternatives, head over to this posts as well.