2017-Announced Apple AirPower To Ship By September 2018, Runs A Special Variant Of iOS [Report]
Remember Apple’s AirPower multi-device charging mat that was first introduced back in September last year? Most consumers would have expected that product to have landed on digital and physical shelves by now but according to a new Bloomberg report, the new accessory should be available for sale in September 2018.
When AirPower was first announced alongside iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, Apple stated that the hardware would make its way into the public domain “sometime” during 2018.
Not only did the product instantly whet the appetite of individuals who wanted something that was capable of charging multiple devices wirelessly at once, but it also upset those who were a little less than enthusiastic with Apple’s extremely open for interpretation timescales of release. It seems that Apple has been experiencing unexpected issues with the hardware which has delayed the launch.
The report suggests that Apple had initially expected the AirPower to hit shelves during June 2018. However, it seems that AirPower is slightly more complex than some people had initially thought.
It runs a stripped down version of the iOS operating system allowing it to communicate with iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch hardware and work as much more than a relatively simple wireless charger which conforms to the Qi protocol. It’s also been suggested that Apple needed to overcome problems with the AirPower mat overheating.
With all of that in mind, it seems that Apple is now hoping to introduce the AirPower for sale this coming September with a multitude of Apple engineers actually using AirPower on a daily basis as their main device charger to pump power into their devices and test the integrity of the product. When the AirPower charging mat does actually make it to market, consumers will be able to use it to charge iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, Apple Watch, and even a new AirPods Charging Case when it’s released.
Given that this is Apple that we are talking about, we expect the AirPower to ship with features and functionality that go way above and beyond simply being a wireless charging pad that can handle multiple devices at any given time, although it’s rumored to cost around $199, which is pretty high for something to charger devices.