The original iPhone X was Apple’s first smartphone to support wireless charging. The company teased its very first wireless charger called AirPower alongside the device as well last year. A lot has happened over the course of the year. The iPhone X was released and now discontinued as Apple launched three new models last week but the AirPower wasn’t even mentioned at its event. According to multiple reports, the ambitious wireless charger is “doomed to failure.”
It has been a year since this product was announced but it hasn’t been released as yet. Apple hasn’t even said anything about it. It chose to ignore this elephant in the room during its event last week and also appears to be removing references to AirPower from its website.
The AirPower was said to be capable of charging an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods with the compatible case simultaneously. Multiple reports claim that Apple has been having troubles getting it to work properly. Daring Fireball’s John Gruber says that the charger’s multi-coil design is causing overheating problems and Apple is finding it difficult to come up with a solution.
Sonny Dickson backs up the overheating issues and adds that AirPower has also been finding it difficult to communicate with devices so it doesn’t know the charger levels of the devices that it’s filling up. Moreover, it’s also said that trying to charge multiple devices on AirPower leads to interference issues between them. He adds that the product appears to be “doomed to failure.”
It’s unclear right now if and when Apple will start shipping the AirPower wireless charger. It doesn’t seem possible in the near future.