Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Overheating and interference reportedly causing Apple AirPower delays

Overheating and interference reportedly causing Apple AirPower delays

We expected this wireless charging mat to come sometime in 2018 but Apple has failed to deliver, at least up until now. If Apple had never announced AirPower, one might mistake this charging pad for a generic artist's interpretation. Making the system work as intended turned out to be extremely hard, due to interference caused by the coils and the overall result was far from acceptable when it comes to charging time. The year is nearly coming to an end, with Apple's iPhone event for this year also done and dusted with. Apple's pitch was that it can charge an iPhone, Apple Watch, and pair of AirPods (through a wireless charging case that is now advertised on Apple's site but hasn't yet been released) simultaneously by placing each device anywhere on the charging device itself. The wireless charger emits too much heat which affects the charging rates of the devices placed on top of it. The only way this can be overcome is thought to be making the device slightly thicker and larger, although Apple is is said to be unwilling to compromise its design in this way. While most wireless chargers contain a single charging coil and charge one device at a time, Dickson says the AirPower contains "between 21 and 24 power coils of various sizes", which are broken into three groups for charging the three Apple devices anywhere on the mat. Apple first introduced the charger at its iPhone X unveiling past year, with reports later claiming that the device would ship in March. There is also interference amongst the mat and the devices. Communication between the charger and the devices being charged was inconsistent and led to inaccurate charge level reports, failures to activate charging and calculating remaining charging time.

Apple is rumoured to have gone back to the drawing board with the AirPower, and the charging mat may not see a launch very soon. Apparently, the AirPower name will be given to an entirely new product, and that will be shown off at an event next spring, at the earliest.

It's been a year since Apple unveiled AirPower, but it's still MIA.

Mashable has reached out to Apple to learn whether AirPower really is dead in the water. Apple first showed off the wireless charging pad in September 2017, but it's been a full year and the product still isn't on the market.

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