Apple is reportedly working on a smaller AirPower charging mat. According to the YouTuber and tipster Jon Prosser, the AirPower is not completely dead. The company has started to work on the project internally. However, there is no assurance that they will finalize and release the product.
Prosser took to Twitter and revealed that the team hasn’t given up yet and they are attempting to redesign the coils to displace heat effectively. The team is currently performing the prototyping work.
AirPower isn’t dead 👀
The project is back on, internally. No guarantee that they’ll finalize and release it, but they haven’t given up yet and they’re trying to re-engineer the coils to displace heat more effectively. Prototyping is underway.
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) March 22, 2020
According to Apple sources, the reason for the failure of the AirPower is due to the inability of the product to achieve its high standards. However, the product seems to have faced issues related to heat management and interference. The company should redesign the product in such a way that the heat should disperse effectively without causing any damage to the device.
The Apple AirPower is basically designed in such a way to charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods simultaneously irrespective of the position of the device on the pat. You can keep the device anywhere on the mat for charging purposes. Moreover, the battery percentage of the relevant device would clearly be visible on the iPhone’s lock screen during charging.
In the past, Prosser had shared correct information pertaining to Google. However, he ventured into Apple leaks just recently and hence his track record is not that great. We have to wait and watch whether his prediction is correct or not.
Apple previewed the first iteration of the AirPower in September 2017 alongside iPhone X. The company claimed that the AirPower will be available by the end of 2018 but nothing happened. After a brief wait, Apple announced complete cancellation of the production of the AirPower Mat in March 2019.
If the rumors are to be believed, you can expect the availability of the AirPower by the end of 2020. The popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had claimed that Apple is slated to release new hardware products by the first half of 2020. However, the launch could be delayed due to the rapid outbreak of COVID-19.
It remains to be seen as to whether the company could brand the mat as AirPower. We really don’t have any credible proof to confirm the claims of Prosser. Hence, you should accept the facts only with a pinch of salt.