ICYMI: Apple cancels AirPower (and why it’s a big deal)
March 31, 2019

Apple’s wireless charging mat will no longer be released.

Back in September 2017 during the hype of the iPhone X announcement, Apple has also introduced a new wireless charging mat that would be able to charge the iPhone X, Apple Watch and the AirPods all at the same time. Months and years went by and we never heard anything about AirPower, even after the announcement of the iPhone XS and the second-generation AirPods that finally support wireless charging.

Just this weekend, Apple has officially announced that it will be canceling AirPower due to the fact it won’t meet the company’s ‘high standards’. No other reason was given, though some pointed out that Apple couldn’t find a proper way to make Qi wireless charging (used by the second-generation AirPods and the new iPhones) work with inductive charging used by the Apple Watch.

If you look at the positive side of this, it makes sense for Apple to cancel a product that they know would fail instead of releasing it to the masses, where a potential failure of the product could result in bad publicity for the brand – I’m sure you still all know about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7.

You can argue that competing brands were able to make their own wireless chargers that can charge multiple devices, but AirPower is more than that. Typical of Apple hardware, the technologies behind AirPower are a little more complicated: it can manage power consumption on the Apple devices that are charging, even letting you see the status of other devices on the battery widget of your iPhone.

AirPower’s cancellation is also a big strike on Apple’s near-perfect record. Apple’s devices don’t get announced until before it releases, so many already had doubts once AirPower started having its delays. We’ve already seen Apple’s sales stale over the past year, which could also be the reason why they’re investing a lot on services evident by its recent keynote last week.

This year is also crucial for the Cupertino company. With new devices and services due to be announced this fall, there’s a lot of pressure for Apple to deliver on its hardware and software so we may have to wait and see how will that turn out.

How do you feel about AirPower’s cancellation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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