Apple’s much-anticipated AirPower charging mat is officially dead. The Cupertino based company canceled the wireless charging mat citing its lack of ability to meet high standards. In an emailed statement to TechCrunch, Dan Rico, Apple SVP of hardware engineering stated “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.”
Apple had first announced the product during the launch of iPhone X dating back to September 2017. The AirPower was expected to debut in 2018 as a part of wireless charging feature on the iPhone X. Apple had promised that the AirPower would be able to charge up to three devices at once i.e Apple Watch, AirPods, and iPhone. Additionally, the devices could be placed anywhere on the charging mat without having to find N exact sweet spot. Apple had also shown the iPhone tracking charging status on all the devices. However, some reports revealed overheating issues during the AirPower’s development stages.
Apple’s AirPower cancellation hardly comes as a surprise, considering that 18 months later, there was no update on the product. The company’s latest iPhones come with the universal Qi wireless charging system, which is widely available. Most third-party wireless chargers available in the market already work with the iPhone.