Apple's AirPower Qi charging pad announced before Samsung's Wireless Duo Charger, but will ship last
by Alan Friedman / Aug 09, 2018, 2:55 PM
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.
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I’m getting the Samsung one. It’ll be cheaper, and do just as much.
posted on Aug 09, 2018, 3:44 PM 7
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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.
posted on Aug 09, 2018, 3:59 PM 0
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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/
posted on Aug 09, 2018, 6:01 PM 2
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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.
posted on Aug 09, 2018, 10:16 PM 1
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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!
posted on Aug 10, 2018, 2:27 AM 1
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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.
posted on Aug 09, 2018, 5:20 PM 1
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.
posted on Aug 10, 2018, 5:23 AM 0
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