Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Why Apple's AirPower wireless charger is taking so long to make

Why Apple's AirPower wireless charger is taking so long to make

They've also been trying to navigate challenges associated with AirPower's complex circuitry, which they hope will allow the user to charge a device no matter where you place a device on the pad, according to Bloomberg.

AirPower may not launch until September, a year after it was previewed, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The device will be created to wirelessly charge up to three devices at once; compatible products include the iPhone X, iPhone 8 models, Apple Watch Series 3 devices, and AirPod earbuds once their rumored wireless charging case comes out.

The most interesting new detail is a claim that AirPower is using "a custom Apple chip running a stripped-down version of the iOS mobile operating system to conduct on-device power management and pairing with devices".

Then there's also the point that wireless charging needs to become a commonplace before Apple - or any other OEM for that matter - even thinks about ditching the charging port completely on their device. Each of the supported devices already includes a charger, and single-product wireless chargers can generally be had for $30 to $50.

When Apple launched its next-gen iPhone back in September of past year, the company also announced a new wireless charger: AirPower. It is now aiming to launch the device in September.

Of course, Apple has declined to comment on the matter. In recent months, some Apple engineers have ramped up testing of the device by using it as their charger at the office, another person said.

Removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus was just the start for Apple when it came to limiting options for the average user.

The delay likely won't hurt Apple's bottom line but it does slow the rollout of wireless technology adoption which will be key to Apple's long-term strategy as it aims to phase out wired connections / external ports / buttons on the iPhone over time.

The timing of AirPower's rumored release would make sense, since we've also heard that Apple will release three new iPhones in September.

To put this into context, Apple had reportedly planned on removing the iPhone's lightning cable entirely, previously anticipating an all wireless future.

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