New AirPower image with iPhone XS and AirPods found on Apple's website

It’s been over one year and a half since Apple first announced AirPower, the infamous wireless charging pad which still hasn’t been released, despite the promise of a launch during 2018.

Reports and rumors about the status of AirPower have been floating around for months, with many now speculating that Apple will announce it sometime this week. Rather unsurprisingly, Apple has made no official statement on the matter, but now a new finding on the company’s website suggests AirPower could be just around the corner.

The new AirPower image on Apple's website

Yesterday, when Apple updated the AirPods page on its website following the announcement of an improved pair, the company proceeded to remove all references to AirPower – it even removed the old marketing image showing AirPower charging an iPhone X and a pair of AirPods.  A replacement image is yet to be added to the page, but as it turns out, there is actually a new, never-before-seen official AirPower image hidden within the source code of Apple’s Australian website. 

Overall, the new press image is pretty similar to the original. This time around, though, Apple has replaced the iPhone X with a newer iPhone XS. Another tiny detail which has changed is the device owner’s name – it was previously Sam but is now David.

Presumably, this new AirPower image will be used once the charging pad is officially introduced. The expectation was that it’d debut today, but Apple appears to have paused its announcements for the time.

When will Apple actually release AirPower?

At this rate, it’s unclear when Apple will announce its highly-anticipated wireless charger. There do, however, appear to be three options.

The first option, and one which could be considered wishful thinking, is an announcement tomorrow. Apple successfully created hype earlier this week with iPad, iMac, and AirPods announcements on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday respectively. Then, earlier today a number of iPad Air and iPad Mini reviews dropped, hogging the limelight for the day. 

In order to complete the week, Apple could schedule an AirPower unveiling for tomorrow (March 22), guaranteeing itself another day in the headlines. 

The second option is an announcement at Monday’s event. This is certainly possible but does seem pretty unlikely at this point. The focus of next week’s press event is Apple’s upcoming subscription services, and by announcing its newest hardware products this week, the company has successfully removed any potential distractions from the big day. But AirPower, rather naturally, would prove to be a pretty big one. 

UPDATE: A new report by Digitimes states that AirPower will be "officially launched in late March." As a result, an unveiling on Friday, March 22 or Monday, March 25 is increasingly likely.

The last option is an announcement later this year. When exactly remains a bit of a mystery, but the company could either launch it at WWDC or at its iPhone event in September, or choose to release it quietly on any given day.

What key features will AirPower offer?

In terms of what AirPower actually has to offer – aside from its integration within Apple’s ecosystem – the charging mat should offer the ability to wirelessly charge up to three devices simultaneously. 

This means that keen Apple users out there looking to purchase the charging pad will be able to charge their iPhone 8 (or newer) alongside an Apple Watch Series 3 (or newer) and a pair of AirPods – as long as the new wireless charging case has been purchased.

As for pricing, no official details have been provided yet. However, rumors do point towards a retail price in the region of $150, although this is pure speculation at the moment and the final price could be either higher or lower.



21. epdm2be

Posts: 836; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Euh... Are we talking about inductive charging? That stuff that became available with the Nokia lumia 920 in 2012? BTW, isn't (or perhaps wasn't) Apple already a member of the Wireless Power Consortium?

19. Alcyone

Posts: 652; Member since: May 10, 2018

I've been able to acquire 5 Samsung qi pads/stands (2018) for less than 100. Samsung reward points pay off. Cheap is relative, coming from a guy with 5 voices lines, 1 tablet and 1 wearable. At a cost of 135 after tax. Cheap? Yes. But, knowing things can pay off. Enjoy being ripped off monthly.

13. dnomadic

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

It's amazing that this pad has taking like 2 years to come to market... They are not creating a standard, apple is just implementing it in to their products.

6. Alcyone

Posts: 652; Member since: May 10, 2018

Apples price: 149.99 Pull off the "Apple" logo: 59.99 I've seen generic qi pads for 59. Even, if they only have 2 spots.

8. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Good thing there’s android and other cheap products for you.

10. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Uh oh. Looks like we have a new member of the i8 sheeple.

12. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

why hate about apple pricing when there’s an alternative product in every Apple’s lineup. Its just a matter of preferences. Now if apple is what you want and you can’t afford it then get something cheaper.

11. dnomadic

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Huh....because someone does not have Apple they are cheap?? my S10 is just as expensive and my duo charger while not $150 was a decent bit of change....that being said because you pay more for a Logo does not mean you are getting something better. There are PLENTY of charging devices on the market that will charge just as fast for less money... that seems like a wise decision not a cheap one.

14. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Not saying apple is better, its just that their products work as intended to, and their ecosystem is the best.

15. dnomadic

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Gotcha... didn't sound like that from your initial post. Other products work as intended.... BUT (BIG BUT) Iphone has THE BEST Ecosystem Handsdown. My four months with my Iphone XS max were great when it came to communicating with my family, my Apple TVs, Apple Carplay, Computers, and headphones... IT really is unreal how the products work together... I just can not stand the OS and had to come back to Android and the S10.

16. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Same for me, no matter how good the specs and features android offers, I always go back to iOS.

17. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Great ecosystem that locks you in forever and doesn't play nice with multiple platforms. Even they're beginning to recognise that and slowly opening up. In the meantime I'll be giving those golden handcuffs a pass.

18. Alcyone

Posts: 652; Member since: May 10, 2018

Haha. That's rich. I had my time with iOS and the "great wall garden". Put my 5s in the trash (literally), pos wasn't worth my time to keep on. Then, Apple had the balls to finally admit "batterygate". Gotta admit, since my s9+ can run circles around iOS software. Not as fast, however I'm able to integrate with so much more than iOS would allow.

5. Xijah

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 16, 2019

Looks good but all depends on price !

4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1885; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Will I be able to charge my S10+ galaxy buds and galaxy watch on it?

7. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Hopefully not as this would be for apple ecosystems only.

9. drunkenjay

Posts: 1705; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

if its qi wireless charging, then yes it would. qi is for charging all wireless devices. you just wont have the ecosystem.

1. BuffaloSouce unregistered

All the haters who have absolutely no intentions of buying Apple products will sit there and bash it because its not true wireless even though nobody else makes a true wireless charging pad might be a good product if its compatible with multiple products

2. AxelFoley unregistered

All the haters who only buy Apple products did sit there and bash wireless charging because it wasn't true wireless charging and said it was going to take Apple to "get wireless charging right". In the end they are using the exact same standards as everyone else. The standards they spent years bashing. These haters aren't limited to people in the comments section. You can also refer to articles from this site about how Apple would never do wireless charging unless it was true wireless charging. And once Apple announced they would do Qi standard charging, they said it would be "effortless" (whatever that means). So, it looks like your description of "haters" is going in the wrong direction.

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6944; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

That's ridiculous. That's like saying FM radio or WiFi isn't truely wireless because the point of transmission is connected to direct line power lol.

20. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

Not even close man. It would be the same if Wi-Fi required you to put your device on top of the router for it to work, or going to the radio station to listen to radio. Being in contact to something that is connected, kinda defeats the purpose of it being wireless.

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