Apple cancels AirPower after 562 days

Apple cancels AirPower after 562 days
While everyone was expecting Apple to launch its AirPower wireless charging pad at anytime, the announcement made today will undoubtedly surprise many. Apple today announced that it has cancelled the project. In a statement, Apple's senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, Dan Riccio, apologized and said that AirPower could not live up to Apple's high standards. The news was first reported by Tech Crunch.

Originally unveiled by Apple on September 12th 2017 at the same event that introduced the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, the AirPower pad was supposed to be able to wirelessly charge an iPhone, an Apple Watch and the AirPods carrying case at the same time. By last June, the accessory was already the company's longest-running vaporware, but there was hope that the product would arrive this year. By January, Apple had reportedly started production of AirPower. Recently, a picture of the wireless charging pad with the iPhone XS and the AirPods wireless charging case was found hidden in the source code of Apple’s Australian website. And just a couple of days ago, it was discovered that the retail box for the AirPods sequel includes a diagram showing how to use the AirPower pad to wirelessly charge the accessory.


The cancellation of AirPower affects Apple reputation, according to one analyst. Dan Ives of Wedbush Securities calls it a "black eye for Apple," especially since the product was promoted by CEO Tim Cook. Calling today's news a "shocker," he notes that the cancellation might not hurt Apple financially, "but it's a hit to the golden Apple brand," Ives said.

Apple is said to have run into problems with the layout of the 3D coils inside the pad. Because of Apple's ambitious design, allowing three different products to be wirelessly charged simultaneously, the coils were too close to each other. This apparently causing the pad and the devices being charged to overheat.

Third party Qi compatible pads will wirelessly charge iPhone 8 and up


While Apple may not offer up a wireless charging pad of its own, consumers that have an iPhone that can be charged wirelessly (iPhone 8 and up) can purchase a Qi compatible wireless charging pad to use with their handset. The announcement doesn't seem to have hurt Apple's reputation with investors as the stock rose in after hours trading following the release of the news.

There have been other cases where Apple apparently bit off more than it chew when announcing a new product, but managed to ship it just in time. And even when it shipped a device that initially had issues (the Apple iPhone 4 comes to mind with Antennagate), Apple was able to provide a solution and fix the issues with the next build. But with AirPower, it is fair to ask what kind of due diligence the company did prior to the 2017 announcement that introduced the product to the public.

Now that Apple has bought into wireless charging for the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods, it would be unusual for Apple to allow third party companies to sell wireless charging pads to Apple device owners for too long without offering its own pad. So don't be surprised if the company introduces a much less ambitious wireless charging pad of its own as early as this September.

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160 Comments

1. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Better to cancel than to release a half-baked expensive product......Wait..........

3. Phonehex

Posts: 751; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

What a tease this was by Apple !

85. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It wasn't a tease, it is classic modern Apple. Over promise, under deliver....or not at all.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOO!

4. LawnBoy

Posts: 127; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

Lamo. Apple cannot do wireless charging? Instead of doing some dumb ass credit card, why don't they use their cash and buy a company that already does this? They spent 3 billion on beats which is junk. Samsung buys Harmen Kardon and apple buys Beats. Lmao.

23. mackan84

Posts: 189; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Please enlighten me with a manufacturer that makes a pad where you can throw three devices anywhere on and charge at the same time without burning down my house?

29. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Apple doesn't even have a wireless charger for ONE device, let alone 3 loool

73. oldskool50

Posts: 714; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Really? Funny, there are a lot of them on Amazon. Maybe you should try visiting other .coms other than Apple.com It is so funny how Apple fans, think something doesn't exist unless it has an Apple logo. Due APple is one computer who makes no products vs several that actually do. Any product Apple has ever made, there were at least 3 other option avail from another OEM.

100. mackan84

Posts: 189; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Idiot it’s not possible to do a pad like Apple intended. What you se on Amazon is pads with three small coils at most that makes you have to put three devices at a perfect spot each time. Sure Apple could of released something as s**tty as that...

117. Vancetastic

Posts: 805; Member since: May 17, 2017

The bottom line here is that Apple promised something, and couldn’t do it. Have a laugh, and move on. It’s not like they went bankrupt.

121. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly bro, well said.

34. ph00ny

Posts: 1993; Member since: May 26, 2011

Beats made sense since it was right around that time when apple had the courage to get rid of headphone jack from their phone

86. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

But not enough courage to remove it from the laptops.

99. Be_Mine

Posts: 207; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Don't give them ideas. It is already annoying enough that they removed it from their flagship iPad Pro.

93. adecvat

Posts: 623; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Lamo. Samsung cannot do Bixby smart speaker? Instead of doing some dumb ass holes in display, why don't they use their cash and buy a company that already does this? ......Wait..........

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wowwwwwww! So for 2019, I guess Apple won't be leading the charge ;/ I just got off a conference call with peaceboy, midan, whatev, and Tim Cook. Tim explained to me, that the reason for the cancellation, is that AirPower uses an Intel coil instead of a Qualcomm coil...bummer.

71. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Remember a couple of years ago, before this was announced and rumors were that Apple was going to finally put wireless charging in the iPhone? And all the Apple fanboys were talking about how Apple was going to show everyone how to do wireless charging, and it was going to charge your phone from across the room...?

90. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1504; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

#71 Yup Bankz was the insider of Apple back then. Remember the X was going to have : *True Wireless Charging which never requires charging pad. *512 GB of storage. *Full screen with no bezel and *This one is my personal favourite “In-Display FPS”. Lmao.......

7. apple-rulz

Posts: 1896; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Ugh, this is bad, really bad. WTF is going wrong at Apple, as much as it pains me to admit, it seems the naysayers are right, Apple is transitioning into a boutique brand, and away from innovation and technology. My head hurts :(

19. drunkenjay

Posts: 1645; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

for once you are admitting apple faults. apple cards rehashed same airpods, apple netflix. you can tell they are just turning into amazon. i did like their ecosystem but its just going downhill for them. even as an apple fan, you just can say yes to everything apple does and admit their faults. thats a true apple fan.

26. mackan84

Posts: 189; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Go watch the verge review of galaxy buds, there is a reason they’re cheaper... Not saying that Apple doesn’t make bad s**t but the competition doesn’t offer something without compromises. And why does everything need a new design each damn year if the internals is updated? That’s exactly why our environment is going to die...

33. drunkenjay

Posts: 1645; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

so they add wireless charging and add 50 dollars more for the same product. very innovative.

98. mackan84

Posts: 189; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Naw you can still buy it for the original price without Qi and get a faster connection, hey Siri and longer battery

113. Vyshak75

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

Only one hour more battery on calls. For music listening, it's the same. The drivers and the sound is same. Faster connection to connect to other apple devices? Still not that fast.

124. mackan84

Posts: 189; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Still one of the most popular wireless earphones on android

115. ph00ny

Posts: 1993; Member since: May 26, 2011

he had a phase for a while year ago where he was on a nonstop f apple period praising samsung nonstop Can't wait for the third year of iphone x/xs/xi? design..

142. Man_Utd

Posts: 161; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Mad props to you for calling what it is and not sugar coating it. Everyone should do that including Android fanboys.

143. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The only bad thing about it was they announced it as a fact so fast ahead of actually producing it. That was a mistake. Otherwise, this is no big deal, just a little funny.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Just buy an S10, it'll charge Apple products. Get the white one (same color as AirPower)...problem solved.

111. Leo_MC

Posts: 6616; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

And what should he do about those atrocious Qualcomm modems that fail to connect to the carrier's networks?

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