Apple may finally launch a device which they cancelled in 2019

Apple may finally launch a device which they cancelled in 2019

by Mobiexprexx

Apple is expected to launch new iPhone 13 series, a new iPad Mini and a lot more this year. The Cupertino giant may also launch a product it had cancelled in 2019. Apple’s AirPower- a wireless charging mat- which never saw the light of day, may finally debut this year. The product was first announced in 2017 during a launch event. However, due to technical roadblocks, Apple decided to scrap the idea of launching the product in 2019.

“After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards, and we have cancelled 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,” Apple senior VP of Hardware Engineering Dan Riccio had said two years ago. However, speculations are rife that Apple may finally launch the AirPower along with the new iPhone 13 series and other devices it is scheduled to launch in September this year.

How much power was AirPower supposed to deliver?

One of the big questions surrounding Apple’s AirPower was just how much power it would have been able to dole out. Although Apple’s iPhones are limited to 7.5W charging, Qi chargers can deliver significantly more power. Therefore, Apple might have been looking for 15W or 18W charging in the AirPower and updates iOS to allow the iPhones to charge at those higher rates. That would have helped Apple compete more effectively with other chargers, had AirPower ever shipped.

A Bloomberg report recently stated that Apple is working on a device that is similar to the AirPower, which it had scrapped years ago. The sources close to the company said that the charging mat that Apple is reportedly working will power up an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods. You just need to place your device on the charging mat and it will charge without a wire. The iPhones including the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, iPhone 11 series, iPhone SE (2020) and iPhone 12 series will be compatible with the charging mat.

While some charging mats are only limited to phones, the AirPower will also charge the Apple Watch and AirPods 2. Users can also charge two devices at the same time on the mat simultaneously. It will depend on the size of the charging mat.

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