Apple's AirPower Qi charging pad announced before Samsung's Wireless Duo Charger, but will ship last
As we already told you this morning, Samsung has introduced its Wireless Charge Duo, which will ship in seven to ten business days according to the manufacturer's website. Priced at $119.99, the Qi wireless charging pad will replenish the battery power of two smartphones, or a smartphone and a smartwatch. As we pointed out earlier, the only requirement is that the devices be compatible with Qi wireless charging standards. Yes, you can even charge an Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 using this accessory.
Speaking of the iPhone X, you might be wondering where the Apple AirPower wireless charger is. The product, as we pointed out in June, is Apple's longest running vaporware. The reason has to do with the complexity of the product. Unlike the Wireless Duo Charger, which is really two separate wireless pads put together, the AirPower pad accommodates up to three devices that can be placed anywhere on the mat. That requires Apple to place multiple coils inside the accessory, which complicates matters tremendously in terms of heat dissipation.
The latest speculation has the Apple AirPower mat finally seeing the light of day next month, at the same time Apple unwraps the 2018 iPhone models. By then, Samsung will have started to ship its less complicated Qi wireless charging pad for multiple devices.