“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,” said Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering in an emailed statement today.
First announced back in 2017, the AirPower got delayed for a year and then moved on become the project from Apple that is touted from time to time but never gets to witness the light of the day. The AirPods were delayed as well before becoming widely available and were shipped in limited quantities before they were seen as a futuristic product that everyone wanted.
Apple AirPower, however, has been a topic of interest in the tech market for quite some time now. Adding the inability of Apple to produce a charging mat that the company promised to the recent MacBook keyboard issues, it seems Apple is facing trouble at its hardware front.
The rumors that flew in regarding the delay in Apple AirPower have been related to engineering problems, related to Physics. Especially, the information that stated that Apple was having an issue assembling the coils inside the AirPower and it required very cautious power management.
The AirPower was having overheating issues, according to tipster Sonny Dickson, who claimed due to overcharging issues of the AirPower, Apple’s custom charging chip was effected preventing it from working properly. The fact that the charging mat is supposed to power more than one devices at once had been causing problems in the production for Apple.
Apple revealed the AirPower during the iPhone launch event back in September 2017. Apple made promises about making the charging mat available by 2018. It was next rumored to release in March 2018, but that did not happen. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who is a respected Apple watcher, claimed the delay in the release has been because of the challenging nature of manufacturing the charging mat.
Since it would serve Apple very little to ship a charging mat that causes devices to overheat, even to the point of damage, Apple has canceled the AirPower altogether.