Turns out AirPower was such a magical device that it disappeared altogether!
A year ago during the iPhone X unveiling Apple announced AirPower — an all-in-one wireless charger for the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods. The product never shipped, and today it seems that Apple has scrubbed almost all traces of it off its website.
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At the time of writing this is the only reference to AirPower I can find on Apple’s website:
So what happened to AirPower?
Well, while only Apple really knows (and at the time of writing Apple hasn’t responded to a request for information), it seems like the product was vaporware and that the promise of an all-in-one charger has died.
I can’t think off the top of my head of another product that Apple has announced at a major event and then failed to deliver, which suggests that some things are beyond the reach of even a company as powerful as Apple.
Over the past few weeks I’ve spoken to a number of sources in the accessories and charging business, and they all claim that not only was AirPower too ambitious, Apple had made the job of developing an all-in-one charger all the more difficult by using differing wireless charging protocols for the iPhone and the Apple Watch.
It’s still possible that AirPower might make an appearance — perhaps at the the October event where Apple is expected to refresh the iPad Pro, the MacBook, and the Mac mini — but for now it seems that the company is trying to make us forget that it ever teased us with AirPower in the first place.
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