It wasn’t all that way back that Apple fanatics would mock corporations like Microsoft for saying seemingly cool merchandise that by no means shipped on time, if in any respect. Oddly sufficient, Apple over the previous few years has fallen into the identical unhealthy behavior of introducing merchandise that ship embarrassingly not on time. Apple’s AirPods, for instance, shipped greater than two months later than anticipated and, upon truly launching, had been extremely laborious to search out.
Probably the most egregious instance of an Apple product that didn’t ship on time is after all Apple’s wi-fi charging mat, a product dubbed AirPower. Initially launched in September of 2017 alongside the iPhone X, AirPower is designed to let customers wirelessly cost their telephone, Apple Watch, and AirPods case all on the identical time. Flash ahead 16 months and AirPower continues to be nowhere to be seen. What’s extra, we haven’t heard a peep in regards to the product from Apple, leaving many to surprise if it will ever launch or if Apple maybe scrapped it fully.
All that stated, ChargerLAB’s Twitter account on Friday lately revealed, citing an nameless supply from the availability chain, that AirPower could in the end seem on retailer cabinets within the close to future.
“AirPower is lastly coming,” the tweet reads. “We simply discovered from credible supply in provide chain that the manufacture Luxshare Precision has already began producing Apple AirPower wi-fi charging pad. Luxshare Precision can be the maker of Apple AirPods and USB-C cables.”
Bolstering the report, ChargerLAB revealed one other tweet at this time with corroborating info from one other supply accustomed to Apple’s plans.
“One other supply claims Pegatron is ready to begin mass produce AirPower at Jan 21,” the tweet reads. “Pegatron can be an Apple OEM in Asia. The corporate worker says AirPower has complete three layers of coils in 8-7-7 configuration from backside to high.”
It’s additionally value noting that reputed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo about two months in the past issued an investor be aware claiming that AirPower may launch someday throughout the first quarter of 2019.
As to why AirPower has been delayed, there have been quite a few experiences pointing to large technical challenges concerned in bringing the product to market, together with advanced circuitry and guaranteeing that the system doesn’t overheat.