Apple’s AirPower is officially dead. Yep, the wireless charger that would have been able to charge any Apple product is not going to be produced.
The product was first announced alongside the iPhone X in 2017; however, Apple has officially killed off the project.
When it was initially announced, the AirPower was touted as being capable of wirelessly charging an iPhone, AirPods, and an Apple Watch at once, something that has not been seen or done before. At the time, Apple had this product releasing in 2018. Well, 2018 has come and gone by, and now, we will never see this product in households.
A statement from Apple was first provided to Tech Crunch and has been confirmed by USA TODAY. Apple stated that they felt the charging pad did not reach their standards, therefore resulting in the cancellation of the product entirely.
“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,” said Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering to Tech Crunch.
There have been persisting rumors that Apple had issues with hardware in trying to manufacture the pad. Sonny Dickson, a notable Apple leaker, wrote in a blog that the company had issues with heat management, interference, and the accuracy and speed of charging Apple products.
You may remember the battery issues that Samsung had with one of their Galaxy phones a couple of years back. Apple most likely did not want to have those issues with their AirPower, resulting in the pad’s cancellation.
This comes after Apple announced their latest version of the AirPods, which will come with a wireless charging case.
In what seems to be an ironic and cruel twist, anyone who buys the next generation of the wireless-charging buds will have a reference to, and in some cases a picture of, the now-canceled AirPower on its packaging.
What was meant to be a game changer will now be just a footnote on a box.