Apple's AirPower wireless charger release imminent, mum's the word on pricing

Apple's AirPower wireless charger release imminent, mum's the word on pricing
Apple is taking its sweet time to release the AirPower wireless charger that was unveiled alongside the iPhone X back in September, but the wait may finally be over. A third report is now suggesting that a March launch is imminent, so we should be hearing a press release from Cupertino very soon. While Apple already announced and started selling its HomePod smart speaker, and the WWDC 2018 conference announcement is done and dusted, the only thing remaining is to finally set a price and release date for its darned AirPower.

What's unique about the charging mat is that it can top off three Apple devices at once - an iPhone, Apple Watch and the AirPods - as it has 29W output, and that's what might have made production levels challenging. The news that AirPower will be released in the next two weeks comes courtesy of the Taiwanese supplier industry, or, more precisely, the makers of "glass passivated package (GPP) bridge rectifiers," whatever that is. 

Those companies are apparently experiencing a boom in orders, due to the AirPower's immediate launch, and the source mentions that producing the goods for Apple is pretty challenging, as usual. While the technology involved is simple, the demands are that those parts are wrapped in very slim packages, so we can't wait to test the performance of Apple's new AirPower super charger. Pricing? No word on that just yet, but it won't be cheap.

source: Digitimes

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8 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I think Apple will bill the usage per ounce of air used within the area of the charger.

2. antroid

Posts: 396; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Hopefully in the near future more manufacturers will add to their phones wireless charging capability, like many of them added the stupid natch

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

You know that apple is not the first one right? They came 7 years later! Besides wireless charging is way slower!

4. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

might not be the first, but if Apple does it the industry support goes way up.

5. antroid

Posts: 396; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

@SIGPRO Apple is the biggest (or at least one of the biggest companies) in smartphone industry and many companies are following apple trend like the notch, design etc... And now maybe more companies will follow. Also Samsung developed fast wireless charging and already implemented in their devices already. @bucky - exactly

6. BuffaloSouce unregistered

It’s slower if the charger doesn’t have fast charge capability. When I had my S8, Samsung’s fast charging pad powered up my phone just as fast as their standard wall charger

7. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Air power? Really? This is a stupid name.

8. gamehead unregistered

$200

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