Apple Apple has canceled AirPower launch. A Senior VP of Apple gave a statement about AirPower to TechCrunch yesterday. He disclosed that AirPower has failed to reach the standards of Apple. Therefore, all work related to AirPower has been aborted.
Senior VP, hardware engineering, talked about AirPower with TechCrunch. He said that ‘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 push the wireless experience forward’
AirPower was supposed to be a charging mat which would charge iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods wirelessly. The idea presented by Apple was that AirPower would use the new Airpods Wireless charging case. The Apple gadgets would charge just by placing them on the mat.
The structure of AirPower was such that it was to include multiple inductive chargers. The functions of QI and Apple watch charger were to be used.
AirPower was supposed to be a powerful device that could charge three devices at a single time. AirPower itself would be connected to an external Power source.
There was another feature of Airpower that was presented by Apple. It was that the iPhone placed on AirPower would show charging levels of all devices connected.
AirPower, to summarize, was a charging mat that would charge multiple devices at the same time. This charging would be efficient and wireless.
AirPower was originally supposed to be launched in 2018. Apple delayed the launch without issuing any statement. The reasons were unclear.
Apple was constantly working on AirPower during 2018. According to sources, the AirPower project faced several setbacks. There were technical difficulties, interference issues and heat management issues.
Apple officially announced AirPower in 2017 along with the announcement of iPhone 8. AirPower was supposed to come out in 2018. 2018 went by without any mention of AirPower by Apple.
During the start of 2019,there were rumors floating around that Apple has started production of AirPower. Later in February, Apple obtained an AirPower trademark. It seemed like Applr was getting ready to launch AirPower.
Apple announced the cancelation of Airpower just when people were getting excited for it.
Apple never announced any price for the AirPower charging mat.
According to early guesses by experts, AirPower would have cost somewhere between $150 – $200.
The recently launched AirPods 2 were sold with mentions of AirPower. Many people bought AirPods for the attractive idea of AirPower.
We’ll have to see whether or not the cancelation of AirPods does anything to Apple’s sales.
The following devices would have worked with AirPower: –
Apple has not disclosed the actual reason as to why AirPower has been aborted. All they said is that AirPower has failed to reach the standards of Apple.
Some possible reasons as to why Apple has canceled AirPower:
The idea of AirPower seemed a bit far-fetched from the very start. But still, since the announcement of AirPower everyone believed that it would be launched.
It seems like Apple itself believed that AirPower was possible the way they sold the idea. It was bad judgment by Apple.
The idea of AirPower was that you would place multiple Apple devices on the mat. And they would be charged simultaneously. Wireless charging is becoming popular but this was a bit too much, even for Apple.
The most probable reason behind the cancelation of AirPower is physics. The idea of AirPower came with the promise of Apple’s standard of heat management. This seemed impossible and against the laws of Physics from the start.
Yet, no one gave much thought to the engineering involved in AirPower. Because, well, we believe in Apple.
It’s obvious however that certain things were out of control even for Apple. The thermodynamics involved should not have been ignored by Apple. The effectiveness of AirPower couldn’t come without overheating of devices.
Apple has to maintain their reputation of being hard on quality. Therefore, they couldn’t possibly release AirPower if there was a chance of heating issues.
So what is AirPower and what happened to it?
AirPower was supposed to be a charging mat which would charge iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods wirelessly.
AirPower was to use the new Airpods Wireless charging case to charge devices wirelessly. The Apple gadgets would charge just by placing them on the mat.
AirPower was officially canceled by Apple yesterday. This came as a surprise to many people.
AirPower was canceled without giving any reason by Apple. All they said was that it was not up to the standards of Apple.
The most probable reason behind the cancelation of AirPower is heating issues. The idea of AirPower came with the promise of Apple’s standard of heat management. This seemed impossible and against the laws of Physics from the start.
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