2019 arrived and the AirPower charging mat is still nowhere to be seen.
The long-awaited accessory is supposed to be able to charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods at the same time, regardless of their position on the mat. Some rumors hinted that development became a bit rocky during the summer and several problems may have delayed the manufacturing stage.
The main selling point of the AirPower mat is the ability to charge several devices at the same time wherever you place them. Besides the previous configuration, it is also able to charge two iPhones at the same time. The charging percentage for all the devices could be tracked on the lock screen of the iPhone.
Apple announced the mat during the iPhone X launch event that took place in September 2017. During the event, a high-ranking Apple representative declared that the Cupertino company is working in conjunction with the Qi team in order to develop the mat. All the innovations that will surface during development will be included in future Qi standards in order to enhance the wireless charging experience for everyone.
While the promises were lofty they failed to materialize. The plan has disappeared into thin air as Apple didn’t release any information about the state of the device. Apple hasn’t made any contribution to the Qi standard during the year and fans are still hoping that the promised AirPods wireless charging case will arrive at some point in the future.
It seems that the company isn’t too confident in the project, since no price has been offered; a hint that further consolidates the belief that the mat may have been delayed due to technical issues. Even in the case of large companies, certain tasks will require additional time in order to reach a stage when they are considered viable for public release.
It remains to be seen if the AirPower mat will arrive in 2019.
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