Apple's AirPower charger to launch soon, at a humbler price

Apple's AirPower charger to launch soon, at a humbler price
Apple's last unicorn, the AirPower wireless charging pad is still chilling in press renders over at its own dedicated section on Apple's website. We say unicorn, as not long ago it officially became the longest-running release in the company's history.

Yes, it may be designed to charge anything with the fruit logo you slap on it, but Samsung just issued something similar, the Duo wireless charger for your Note 9 and Galaxy Watch, and it's already up for pre-order, likely to be released before the AirPower. Apple announced the combo pad as a cord-cutter's dream together with the new iPhone 8, Plus and X way back in September, and it's now been a full pregnancy term without nary a whiff of this thing becoming a retail product.

Well, a whiff we have today, with "insider sources" tipping a September release again, but with a price tag to go with it this time. The same blog for all things charging and wireless standards that leaked Apple's new fast charger for the 2018 iPhones, now has the AirPower scoop. Supply chain sources say that Apple will launch the pad next month, at the equivalent of $145 (about 1000 yuan). As for its specs, the source claims it will have 22 individual charging coils that don't overlap, each of which will be able to, say, charge the Apple Watch no matter how you place it. Apple, they say, is currently in the process of debugging the whole setup.

The price is not hard to fathom, given what just the Apple Watch wireless charger costs, and yet it's a sigh of relief from the previously rumored $200 tag. It looks like the new Apple mantra "announced with the 2017 iPhones, released with the 2018 ones" may have some positive sides, after all. Here's how the AirPower release stacks up against other belated Apple products.

 
source: Chongdiantou (translated) via 9to5Mac

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15 Comments

7. Stayfly2407

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

You can charge 3 devices at once. Do you idiots not see the new wireless air pods case being charged lol. Smh, I’ll take 2 Apple, thanks again.

15. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

At $145 you can buy three wireless chargers, and still have money left over. Clearly you have not been looking at what has been in the market. But I am sure since it has an Apple logo on it, then you will buy it regardless to other less expensive products out there. The other thing to remember in the Android and WP world wireless charging has been out there for many years.

23. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Here just for you. You can charge 3 devices at one. an iPhone, Watch and AirPod for just $50. -https://www.amazon.com/Bestand-Aluminum-Charging-​Wireless-Qi-Enabled/dp/B071WHB8YM/ref=sr_1_46_sspa​?ie=UTF8&qid=1534274379&sr=8-46-spons&keywords=mul​ti+device+wireless+charger&psc=1 1/3 the cost Apple wants, and remember these guys do have to pay for licensing approved Apple accessories. And it comes in multiple colors, and they also offer a duo charging option as well.

9. lovemac209

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

fast wireless charging for 3 iphones at the same time??

11. sissy246

Posts: 6956; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I don't think they are far off on the price if it does charge 3 things at a time. It could be $20 or so cheaper. Go buy 3 fast wireless chargers and you will spend more then that for good ones.

24. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

But they are - -https://www.amazon.com/Bestand-Aluminum-Charging-​Wireless-Qi-Enabled/dp/B071WHB8YM/ref=sr_1_46_sspa​?ie=UTF8&qid=1534274379&sr=8-46-spons&keywords=mul​ti+device+wireless+charger&psc=1 $50. Does the same thing.

12. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Will get one as soon as it is available. No need to bring chargers for my  watch, iphone X and my AirPods. I don’t care about the price, I’m after quality and after sales service.

16. Tipus

Posts: 784; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

They forgot about quality while designing and manufacturing charging cables , though :))

29. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1504; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Rofl....

19. bambamboogy02

Posts: 832; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I don't preffer wireless charging. I need to be able to use my phone while charging sometimes. If this was next my nightstand, that wouldn't be possibe. Sometimes while watching youtube in bed, I need to be able to charge it since battery is super low. I am not a fan of wireless charging. To each their own.

25. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

This one is ever better. It comes with a 10W charger and supports fast wireless charging and supports all phones that support QI charging which includes all galaxy devices since the S6 and all wireless charge capable iPhone's. https://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Charger-Aluminum-VIGLT-Charging/dp/B07FM1DJ3T/ref=sr_1_18?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1534274787&sr=1-18&keywords=3+in+1+charging+station It also charges the watch and the AirPod and it cost $42.00

26. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

It's not the same thing broski. The airpower can charge your device(s) anywhere on the mat.

27. sissy246

Posts: 6956; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Price is cheaper then I thought on those. I haven't looked in a long time.

28. Jrod99

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Well folks. Techie is back.

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