The AirPower is now officially Apple's longest-running vaporware

The AirPower is now officially Apple's longest-running vaporware
The AirPower wireless charging pad may look svelte in its own dedicated section on Apple's website and may top up everything with the fruit logo in sight, but it's now officially the longest-running release in the company's history. In fact, remember the AirPower? Apple announced it 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.

Granted, Apple delayed an unprecedented amount of products last year, chief among which was the iPhone X that made a cameo a month after the other two new iPhones hit the shelves. Then came the true wireless AirPods buds that shipped three months after their announcement in earnest, as well as the HomePod smart speaker, but nothing compares to the AirPower's delay. In fact, here's a look at Apple's unpleasant habit, acquired since its first Watch announcement, to ship products way later than their unveiling:

It's been a transitional year for Apple, with all eyes on the iPhone X sales, and the efforts to deliver unique propositions like the Face ID kit, the price-to-value AirPods, or the stellar-sounding HomePod, yet how hard can a charging mat be? Apple seems to have shot itself in the foot here since it detailed the pad as capable of topping off three Apple devices at once - an iPhone, Apple Watch, and the AirPods. To achieve this, it has to both come up with a new, wireless charging case for its Bluetooth buds, but also provide even distribution of the whopping 29W output, and that's what might be keeping it late. Apple actually does advertise the AirPower as "ultrathin," you know.

Not long ago, the Taiwanese supplier industry complained about impossible demands from Apple regarding "glass passivated package (GPP) bridge rectifiers" which may go into the AirPower. While the technology involved has been around for a while, the requirements reportedly are that those parts are wrapped in very slim packages, and that's where production might have hit a snag. 

We keep our hopes high for the AirPower, but, 9 months after its announcement, it's still vaporware, let alone the pricing. We hope that Apple is at least intending to unwrap it with the eventual updated AirPods this fall, with an always-on Siri and W2 co-processor inside, which should come complete with a wireless charging case then, too. There is no shortage of options to pump electrons wirelessly through the glass backs of the iPhone 8, Plus and X, if you so desire, it's just that the real AirPower deal is still up in the air.



1. libra89

Posts: 2338; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I laughed at "a pregnancy and counting"! That's really funny! I did actually forget about the AirPower. Apple failed here.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7622; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The thing is there is a ton of different and inexpensive wireless chargers that have been on the market for years. There is even furniture from Ikea, and lots of other stores that support wireless charging. So Apple would have to compete with all of them. Plus Apple is well known for overpricing their products. If anyone is looking for wireless charging gear. Then they haven't been looking.

6. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Want to help me out with finding hardware that can charge my AirPods, Apple Watch, and iPhone all at the same time on one charging pad, with fast charging, while not mattering where I place these devices on the pad? You must know something I don't.

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol, why so delusional? Even apple can't do that and won't, hence why they aren't even pretending to release that. The problem is they can't even get the wireless charging working right without destroying the battery. They're probably going to release it with the next iPhone after fixing the wireless charging in those new devices.

13. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

I assume you retract comment number 4. What a bozo you sound like now lol. Good job xD

14. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

....I didn't write comment number 4 and its still there....I didn't retract it or whatever you think that means.

7. deleon629 unregistered

I wouldn't doubt Apple's cult-following customer base on account of one product delay...People are still dumb enough to pay retail for the 6S despite the planned obsolence of the batteries, remember?

2. Venom

Posts: 4004; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I still don't get why Apple couldn't have just stuck with the Qi standard.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4392; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It is qi

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31772; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Because they did lol.

12. Venom

Posts: 4004; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Isn't the voltage lower than that of the Android standard? It doesn't quickly charge the iPhone. It's just there just to be there.

5. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1114; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

So the mat is supposed to set itself apart from standard charging pads because it won't matter where the device(s) are sitting. So the larger conductive area and an Apple Logo sound like a mix for a monster price tag

8. Vokilam

Posts: 1456; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

If it’s so easy, why isn’t everyone doing it?

9. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1114; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

never said it was easy, just seems like it's more than what anyone needs. and they'll ask for more that what anyone should pay

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