What you need to know
- Photos and a video show off the alleged AirPower product.
- The teardown shows a number of coils and chips to operate the device.
- AirPower was canceled in 2019 after being announced by Apple in 2017.
AirPower continues to be one of Apple's most popular products that never came to reality.
Apple leaker Mr-white posted a set of photos that appear to show off the internals of Apple's AirPower. The photos show how the device would have used seven individual coils working together to provide charging to multiple devices placed anywhere on the charging mat. It also depicts an incredibily complex series of components used to run the entire mat.
The leaker also posted a link to a video teardown of the product, which you can check out below.
Apple's AirPower was originally announced back in 2017. It dissapeared for a while and the project's future was cast in doubt. Then, in 2019, Apple confirmed that the product had been canceled due to hardware engineering issues that the team could not overcome.
The product has been continously rumored to still be under development since its cancellation. Today's leaks, while unsure as to whether they point to what was or what may be, surely keep the hope of AirPower alive.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
I still think the issue was due to trying to support the stock Qi of the Phone and Airpod cases as well as the sorta-Qi of the Watch. That's what no-one else has been able to handle either. My guess is the two techs are close enough they may have caused inductive interference/resonance that they couldn't get rid of and heated the thing up. Making the Watch stock Qi would likely have fixed this, but then anyone could build it. Just my guess.
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