Unfortunately, the news arrived that many suspected. The appearance of the reference to AirPower on the packaging of the new AirPods was not enough. The Cupertino company has decided to surrender to the evidence, confirming the stop to the production of the pad for wireless charging. And the motivation is related to technical problems encountered during product engineering.
There will be no AirPower, for the “joy” of Apple engineers
The news was confirmed by Dan Riccio, senior vice-president of the Hardware Engineering department.
“After many sufferings, we concluded that AirPower will not reach our high standards and we canceled the project. We apologize to customers who were eager to participate in this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and we are committed to advancing the wireless experience”.
Announced in September 2017, the delay of one year had already made many users suspect that it could be canceled and confirmation has arrived today. Previously, the engineers in charge had replied to Apple about the difficulty of producing AirPower as Apple had studied it. Although there are no official statements about it, the engineering idea that should have distinguished it from the rest of similar products defied the laws of physics.
Inside it would have to be implemented many charging coils so that by resting the devices on it there were no disconnection problems. On common wireless pads, in fact, there are usually 1, 2 or even 3 reels and for recharging to be successful it is necessary for the device to be loaded to rest on it in the right position. By doing this, the pad and pad in the device can “communicate”.
In the case of AirPower, on the other hand, we talk about many more reels (rumors are even 20 or more), also because the product’s goal was to load iPhones, AirPods and Apple Watch simultaneously, without positioning problems. But so many reels next to each other cause excessive overheating and this would be the unofficial motivation for Apple to stop producing.