Apple declares the AirPower dead in the water.
In a statement provided by Apple Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering Dan Riccio, Apple officially cancelled the release of their long-awaited wireless charging mat, AirPower. The AirPower was first announced in 2017 alongside the iPhone X and iPhone 8. It was supposed to provide wireless charging support for iPhones that were wireless charging compatible and the AirPods, which were going to have a wireless charging case released as well.
“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,” said Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering in a statement.
Apple users can still wirelessly charge devices using third-party charging mats that utilize the Qi Wireless charging standard. The second generation of AirPods was released this week that features wireless charging capabilities. Its packaging reportedly mentioned AirPower as a potential option for charging.
This announcement is a disappointment to Apple fans the around the world who were excited to use the AirPower and charge all their devices at one time. Even though it’s disappointing, it’s not necessarily a surprise since not much as been said about the charging mat since it’s initial announcement. Still, Apple had referred to it in several of its products’ packaging up through last week’s AirPod 2 release.
It’s official now though. The AirPower mat is dead.