Ap­ple is re­port­edly still work­ing on AirPower

The ex­pen­sive multi-de­vice charger that no­body re­ally needs is still in the works in Ap­ple Labs. Ja­son Cross re­ports

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AirPower is a cu­ri­ous prod­uct. It is one of the only prod­ucts Ap­ple has ever pub­licly an­nounced and then never re­leased. Af­ter an­nounc­ing it on stage dur­ing its Septem­ber Spe­cial Event in 2017, and show­ing it off on its web­site, Ap­ple was never able to

solve the tech­ni­cal prob­lems with its pro­duc­tion and ul­ti­mately killed the pro­ject, un­re­leased, early in 2019.

Now, re­cent tweets from noted Ap­ple leaker

Jon Prosser show new AirPower (code name ‘C68’) pro­to­types still in de­vel­op­ment. Ac­cord­ing to the leaks, Ap­ple has ap­par­ently fixed the sig­nif­i­cant prob­lem it was hav­ing with the pad not charg­ing Ap­ple Watch prop­erly.

In ad­di­tion, the power con­nec­tor seems to have evolved from Light­ning to USB-C. Back in April, Prosser noted that C68 was go­ing through a re­vi­sion to give it fewer charg­ing coils with less over­lap and in­cor­po­rat­ing an A11 pro­ces­sor to man­age charg­ing and ther­mals, thus over­com­ing the over­heat­ing prob­lem Ap­ple has had.

Stop try­ing to make AirPower hap­pen

Ap­ple seems de­ter­mined to make AirPower work at any cost. It was al­ready ex­pected to be rel­a­tively ex­pen­sive, and with an A11 in­side to man­age heat, the ex­pected price would be over £200.

This is just not nec­es­sary. In 2017, the pre­mium wire­less charger mar­ket needed a bit of a boost. To­day, there are scores of wire­less charg­ers rang­ing from cheap phone pads to fancy, slick-look­ing multi-de­vice charg­ers. What ex­actly does AirPower bring to the ta­ble here? You can put your phone, AirPods or Ap­ple Watch any­where on it to charge, in­stead of hav­ing to place them in spe­cific spots.

That’s it. That’s the big in­no­va­tion. And for that, you’re go­ing to pay a £100 or more pre­mium over ex­ist­ing multi-de­vice charg­ing pads? We would all be

bet­ter served if Ap­ple fo­cused on giv­ing the iPhone an al­ways-on dis­play that shows use­ful in­for­ma­tion while it is on a wire­less charger rather than cre­at­ing ex­pen­sive and over-en­gi­neered so­lu­tions to let you put your AirPods or what­ever in any spot on a five-inch oval in­stead of in one spe­cific spot.

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