Many are wondering what will happen to the AirPower wireless charging pad from Apple. It was expected to be officially launched at Apple’s iPhone event last week, but that clearly did not happen. In fact mentions of the AirPower accessory were subsequently removed from Apple’s website, and was followed by reports claiming that the device was “doomed” as it was plagued by all kinds of technical problems.
However it seems that Apple hasn’t given up yet, at least according to a tweet by Gavin Stephens who discovered that there were references made to the AirPower in the packaging of the iPhone Xs. Now some might think of that as an oversight by Apple, and that the packaging might have already been made early on when Apple was still planning on releasing the AirPower.
But they definitely mention it in the new iPhone XS Max manual pic.twitter.com/qJO7kVc8bi
— Gavin Stephens (@ccgavind) September 20, 2018
That is a possibility, but it has also been discovered that there are references made to AirPower in the latest iOS 12.1 beta, suggesting that Apple is still trying to make it work. Of course the reference in iOS 12.1 doesn’t necessarily confirm that the device will be launched anytime soon, but at least Apple hasn’t given up yet.
Some of the problems we’ve heard plaguing the device include how it overheats. There are also reports that claim that because the AirPower is designed to charge multiple Apple devices at once, that it can lead to interference issues between them, all of which are problems that Apple is still trying to solve. Exactly when we will see the AirPower launched is anyone’s guess, but until then there are a bunch of different wireless charging pads out there that you can use as an alternative.