Why The Launch Of Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charger Is Taking So Long

Posted: Jun 25 2018, 7:57am CDT | by , in Apple


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Why Launch Of Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charger Is Taking So Long

Announced Nine Months Ago Still No News About AirPower Wireless Charger.

With the launch of Airpod headphones in 2016, Apple had started a new era of wireless charging; people expected wireless charging to be adopted by different Apple products within the following months. And then, in September 2017, the company finally announced a universal Apple wireless charger, the Airpower.

However, it's been nine months since its announcement, and still, there is no news about Airpower wireless charger. People are getting anxious when they are going to be able to charge their different Apple product by using a single Airpower mat.

Although iPhone X and iPhone 8 can be charged wirelessly by using Belkin and Mophie wireless chargers, it’s strange why Apple is depending on these other company’s products and losing its own market share.

To add to the surprise Apple officially endorsed and recommended using these third-party products to wirelessly charge their devices.

Since its announcement, Apple has been silent about the development of Airpower, almost all try to receive any comment on this matter have been neglected by Apple officials. According to some sources, the engineering team at Apple was expecting the new-product launch to take place in June, and now this deadline has also been extended to September month.

Based on the information provided by experts in wireless charging technology Apple has to address many concerns for the development of this particular product, wirelessly charging a single device is easy but charging three different Apple gadgets at the same time raises many challenges.

Apple Airpower is supposed to charge Airpods, iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time, this increases the complexity of the circuit system and also creates heating issues. This induction-based wireless charging technology is not as simple as it seems, and it will take Apple engineers longer than expected to overcome all the technical difficulties and deliver a high-quality product.

Apple is using Qi standard technology for Airpower, and it will also include multiple charging sensors for different devices. Additionally, it will need Apple engineers to create multiple overlapping layers of charging surface for each device, only then the gadgets can be wirelessly charged by placing at any place on the charging mat.

The Airpower charger will also have its own micro version of the iOS operating system for identifying and pairing different Apple products, development of an onboard firmware and bug removal will also require a lot of additional time.

For last few years, Apple has been late in delivering their products on many occasions. Apple pencil, Airpods, Apple Watch, Homepod all took a longer time than announced to finally arrive in markets.

“Hopefully, Apple learns a lesson to only announce products that are for sure shipping soon or immediately after announcing,” said Ben Bajarin, an analyst at research firm Creative Strategies. Still, he sees little impact in the long-term because the AirPower product is part of a much larger strategy that will develop over years, not months or quarters.

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