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Leaked photos of Apple's AirPower reboot shared by Jon Prosser

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Airpower (Image credit: Jon Prosser)

What you need to know

  • Apple is reportedly trying to resurrect its failed AirPower charging mat.
  • Jon Prosser has previously shared some low-res photos of the unit.
  • He has now released higher-quality photos of 'C68'.

Jon Prosser has shared new higher-quality photos of Apple's rumored AirPower revamp dubbed 'C68'.

In a tweet today Prosser said:

Well, you guys wanted a better picture of "C68"...Remember how I said that the main problem was that current prototypes didn't support Apple Watch?Yeah. Well.They got the Watch working...

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The big news here is that Apple seems to have cracked charging Apple Watch on the mat.

We first learned that Apple was working on trying to revamp AirPower back in March, when Jon told us that the project was back on internally. Then, in April, Jon shared photos claiming to show the C68, which Apple engineers are working on at home during COVID-19. From that report:

While working from home, engineers on Apple's 'Sharing and Proximity' team are receiving prototype units of something called "C68".They are being asked work on software communication between devices for a "future product" that has an A11 inside to "dynamically manage heat".

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Previously, Apple had run into issues with Apple Watch because it uses "a tweaked proprietary charging method" which takes more energy, and in the previous prototypes charging an Apple Watch alongside other devices would overheat the mat, causing it to literally combust. Using the A11 chip, Apple has reportedly been able to create a new prototype that can route power to specific coil regions, waiting for temperatures to drop before applying more power to stop it overheating.

Given its in the prototyping stage, its not clear from any of this when we might some kind of official launch or release of this.

Stephen Warwick
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.

3 Comments
  • Day late and a dollar short. This would have been awesome when they first discussed it, now there are plenty of other options out there.
  • This is a great point.
  • I sure hope Mr. Prosser is watching his 6 - Apple has got to be getting severely upset with the detail and frequency of his leaks...