Apple's new iPhone XS Smart Battery Case is compatible with the unreleased AirPower

Apple's new iPhone XS Smart Battery Case is compatible with the unreleased AirPower
The AirPower wireless charging mat previewed all the way back in September 2017 was already Apple’s longest-running vaporware last summer, failing to make its long overdue commercial debut alongside the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR as well.

Worse yet, the Cupertino-based tech giant acted like the versatile Qi-based charger never existed at the launch event for the company’s newest iPhone generation, also removing every single mention of its existence from official Apple websites worldwide.

But surprise, surprise, the AirPower has returned to Malaysia’s online Apple store, making an unexpected cameo appearance in the “overview” section of the dedicated iPhone XS Smart Battery Case webpage.

Smart Battery Cases for the XS, XS Max, and XR have been unveiled yesterday, kicking off global deliveries on Friday, January 18, and at least in Malaysia, these are listed as “compatible with AirPower Wireless Charging Mat and other Qi-certified chargers.”

The product description is pretty much identical in other regions, save for that compatibility line, where only “Qi-certified chargers” are mentioned outside of Malaysia. Of course, we don’t expect Apple to have anything special prepared for this particular Southeast Asian country.

In fact, the same exact AirPower reference was purportedly spotted in other regional Apple Stores, according to multiple Twitter users (via MacRumors). This could well mean the wireless charging mat is finally right around the corner, as suggested by reputable analysts and supply chain insiders recently. Unless the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case description was drafted back when the AirPower eyed a 2018 release, and somehow, no one thought to verify the accuracy of the information before publishing it. 

For those unaware, Apple’s oft-delayed wireless charging mat aims to juice up your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods at the same time without you having to worry about the placement of the three devices. Needless to say production has proven quite challenging, not to mention a wireless charging case for first-gen AirPods is also nowhere to be found.

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iPhone XS
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A12 Bionic
    4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2659 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x


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