Apple's AirPower Qi charging pad announced before Samsung's Wireless Duo Charger, but will ship last

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.

source: Samsung

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14 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31670; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’m getting the Samsung one. It’ll be cheaper, and do just as much.

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

From what I've read, the Apple one will be a bit smarter and know where you put the device and activate induction there (not to mention negotiate charging power and such). But let's face it, there is not really a downside to having to put the device in the middle of an area and either one only charges QI enabled devices.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31670; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That price is gonna be the deciding factor for me. Tomorrow I’m preordering the 512 gig Ocean Blue Note 9.

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Doesn't matter how advanced it is when it isn't even real. They over promised and will under deliver once again. Turns out Apple is having more problems with wireless charging even after being half a decade late to the party. https://www.zdnet.com/article/iphone-x8-wireless-charging-will-wear-out-the-battery-faster-than-cable-charging/

8. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Over promised? Show me an exact date for release. They said "coming 2018". They weren't wrong. Over promising is saying "Best phone in the Galaxy" yet having it explode on airplanes, inside vehicles, houses and etc, and getting recalled TWICE, lmfao. Half a decade late - yet Samsungs and other pads require you to place the items in a specific placement/pattern. Sorry, I'll take throwing my s**t on a charging pad care free with as many items as I want. 2018 means 2018, not Jan 1 2018 lmfao.

9. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

"Sorry, I'll take throwing my s**t on a charging pad care free with as many items as I want." On your imaginary Apple charging pad? LMAOOOO Get a grip you iMoron......

10. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Oh it's Supah. Supahstoohpid

11. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Dumbest & Super dodo stupid > iPhoneFanboy How's your imaginary girlfriend and your imaginary iPhone Z with 3D printing ability? LMAOOOOO

12. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

The Airpower was originaly intended to be released with the iPhone X, they have been working on it for over 2 years, it's already 1 year overdue. Any tech Apple buys in tends to work fine, any tech Apple tries to develop themselves ends up being late and tends to underperform. Kudos to those great Apple engineers!

14. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

They stated launching in 2018. Last time I checked, it is still 2018.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

The Samsung dual charger is listed for 149 in Canada so in USD is like $20??? Lol j/k

4. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I don't get the appeal of "wireless" chargers. They require direct contact which is less range than my 10 feet long charging cable. Until wireless charging evolves into something like wifi, I'm not interested.

6. Vokilam

Posts: 1387; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I’m one hundred percent with you. And I know many people who don’t care for “wireless” as it is today - which it’s not! Give me back my metal back instead of this tender glass they put on all phones now.

13. zennacko unregistered

The ONLY reasons for wireless charging would be: 1. Better seal quality with less ports and risks for a short circuit (for apocalypse-proof phones) 2. Less wear and tear because now we use the charging port for everything but charging (because bluetooth headphones are still hated by audiophiles and wannabes, and expanded storage on lightning/USB OTG is a thing too) But at the end of the day, I'd rather have less glass/plastic/breakable materials on my phone.

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