Apple AirPower’s complexity is causing delays, device might get scrapped completely

Apple AirPower’s complexity is causing delays, device might get scrapped completely
Apple’s September 12 event revealed most of what we expected to see, but one product that didn’t show up during the presentation was Apple’s wireless charging pad, called AirPower. Considering the AirPower is meant to mainly charge iPhones and Apple Watches (but also a future wireless charging case for the AirPods), experts were hoping to see it announced side by side with the new models of the devices. And while Apple is expected to host another event later this year, likely announcing new iPads and MacBooks, a new report suggests that the wireless charger won’t be making an appearance on it as well.

The report, released by Sonny Dickson, reveals that the project suffers from multiple issues that make it unfit for the market and can potentially lead to the cancellation of the product in its current form.

According to the “multiple internal sources” that agreed to share information about the mishaps of AirPower, the device suffers from three main problems.

The first comes from Apple’s desire to one-up other manufacturers by having multiple charging coils that allow users to place their devices anywhere on it. For that purpose, the engineers had between 21 and 24 overlapping coils delivering power at various rates depending on the devices being charged on top. Making the system work as intended turned out to be extremely difficult, due to interference caused by the coils and the overall result was far from acceptable when it comes to charging time.

Another problem caused by the number of coils was that the charging pad produced too much heat during use. While heat is a common side effect of charging, the levels reached by AirPower were causing reduction in performance and hindering the charging devices’ ability to receive power. The excess heat was even causing the chip controlling the AirPower to malfunction.

The problems didn’t end with the hardware side of things, however, the engineers working on the project had to deal with significant software issues as well. Communication between the charger and the devices being charged was inconsistent and led to inaccurate charge level reports, failures to activate charging and calculating remaining charging time.

According to the sources, if the problems with the current iteration are not solved, Apple could release AirPower that is completely redesigned, but if that’s the case, we won’t be hearing about it this year.

source: SonnyDickson via 9to5mac

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30 Comments

1. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

If that's the case I'm happy Apple has the balls to go this direction rather than the Android route and release a bug latent product.

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah, because we all know that iOS updates is always bug free.. While bend-gate, antenna-gate, etc is just fake news. /s

20. ViewRoyal

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 11, 2018

You are reaching for magical straw men that are totally inconsequential. But while you are stuck in your garden-gate, remember that Android OS and phones have MANY more problems (and more significant ones) than iOS or iPhones. But if it helps you ignore your suffering, then please go ahead and try in vain to be taken seriously... As long as you don't mind looking like a fool to others.

26. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

That is a complete and blatant lie. Period. IOS 9 had 15 updates due to issues Apple themselves caused with updates. IOS 10 a d 11 also had multiple updates. Since Android updates are few far and in between, they need to have less issues. Samsung is the ONLY orm who I know can fix firmware issues reasonable quickly. Google isnt terrible either with there phones. Every iPhome model has had issues, explosions, bending, reception issues, software issues, speaker problems, charging problems, camera isss Yes a d more. It's all documented fact. For you to lie like that is disslicable. IPhone 6 alone had a 62% failure rate. Even ALL of Samsung phones combined for 44% failure rate. That's 40+ models vs one model iPhone. You are delusional

27. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The thing is wireless charging has been out for many years, and has a few standards to boot. Plus everyone and their aunt and uncle is sell wireless chargers. You can walk into Ikea, Walmart, Target, Best buy, and lots of other stores to pickup a wireless charger. Not to mention some are built into furniture, night stands, tables, and more. There is even DIY on how to build your own for around $10 or less.

3. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Haha, or maybe it’s Apples incapability to make the product.

21. ViewRoyal

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 11, 2018

It's just a small accessory. It isn't a world shattering event that Apple has delayed the release of the AirPower... It would not even be a big deal if Apple decided to cancel this project. The sky isn't falling (but you'd think otherwise from all the negative opinion pieces about the delay of AirPower). The one problem that you can blame on Apple is not that the AirPower is delayed (this probably happens with many Apple products that are released without previews). The problem is that Apple announced it way too early in its development. Apple never used to do this... It was something other companies would do, with many products becoming vaporware). Apple should stop pre-announcing products. The rumor mill can cover upcoming products for everyone, without Apple committing to the product's existence or planned release date. It has always been better to be surprised with "one more thing".

4. OneLove123

Posts: 972; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

You can't me that blind . Baahhhhh!!

17. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

A bug latent product? lol What is that?

23. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They've been releasing bug 'laden' products for years.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Just scrap it already Apple. Dont be a fulz about this. It's been over a year already Cookz

6. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Apple struggles with innovation, maybe they can ask Samsung to manufacture a wireless charging pad for them.

8. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Haha! Nice joke :-D

24. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's funny because it's true.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My Wireless Duo works just fine

14. thxultra

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Would it come with a fire extinguisher then?

15. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Yup! Built in. When it comes to make anything without copying it, it is too hard for apple to do. Samsung will always be innovator and apple the copywriter.

16. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Samsung could do that

7. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

This is disappointing..

9. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

They build the best SoC and the best ecosystem but they couldn't figure out a power charger?! Apple get your s**t together.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Makes you wonder huh?

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Absolutely. It's mind boggling they produce the best streamline of products and the best software and they can't figure out something like a charger. Very weird especially from a trillion dollar company.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It might have something to do with the fact that, while they produce the best mobile SOC, they devices they put it in are lackluster.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

daayyyyyuuuummmmmmm lol

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

#shotsfired #savage #fulzwon'tlikethatpost #he'llstalkyourchannel

18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Granted, it seemed to have been a bit more complex than just 3 QI chargers next to each other (like so many others offer already). But it would have been a 'smart' one that wherever you put the device, the pad would power that specific spot with QI power.

10. Wazupmrg

Posts: 156; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Samsung figured it out. Oh Apple, always 3 years late to any party.

19. ViewRoyal

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 11, 2018

Wrong. Apple is making AirPower so that any devices placed anywhere on it will charge. This is different than all other wireless chargers that have coils that you need to "target" with your device.

22. japkoslav

Posts: 1499; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Look at Logitech, they have this charging tech for some while .. even bigger than Apple wireless charging concept when you look at it ;) BTW this only proves that standars like Qi, that actualy existed and evolved for some time, are more mature devices and Apple supporting Qi was a smartmove in the end

30. gamehead unregistered

What a shame

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