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Bloomberg: Apple is 'still exploring' something similar to AirPower

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What you need to know

  • Apple is still working on something similar to AirPower according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.
  • It's also looking at new chargers that can work over greater distances.

Apple is still working on something similar to AirPower according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. While not necessarily the AirPower that was snatched from us far too soon, it's clear that Apple isn't going to give this one up without a fight.

AirPower was announced what feels like a lifetime ago – September 2017, to be exact – and spent the next couple of years being pushed back further and further. Ultimately, Apple canceled the whole thing and that was that. But now, Bloomberg says something "similar" to AirPower is bring worked on and yes, it'll charge three devices at once, including iPhone 12, Apple Watch Series 6, and AirPods.

The Cupertino company is still exploring a future wireless charger that works similarly to its failed AirPower, a charging mat designed to simultaneously power up an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods, the people said.

Apple initially canned AirPower, we're told, because it wasn't able to control the heat generated by such a complicated array of charging coils. Maybe Apple, like life, found a way.

Apple isn't stopping at AirPower, either. The same Bloomberg report claims that it's looking into technology that would allow devices to be charged at greater distances than traditional induction charging.

It is also internally investigating alternative wireless charging methods that can work over greater distances than an inductive connection. Turning such technology into a product is likely several years away, however.

If Apple can't make AirPower work, it's difficult to have too much confidence in the next step being any easier!

AirPower aside, there are plenty of options on the table in terms of charging your iPhone. These are some of the best wireless chargers we've come across so far.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

1 Comment
  • 'it'll charge three devices at once, including iPhone 12, Apple Watch Series 6, and AirPods.' Already have one of these. It's made by Belkin. Each device has to go on its designated spot, but so what?