Apple AirPower production seems to have indeed started, eyeing release 'later in 2019'

Apple AirPower production seems to have indeed started, eyeing release 'later in 2019'
After almost giving up all hope the AirPower would ever materialize on the heels of last fall’s iPhone XS and XR announcements, rumors of an impending release picked up again recently, as reputable analysts and purported insiders hinted at an early 2019 end to our waiting.

While the resurfacing of the wireless charging mat’s name on certain regional Apple websites as part of the description of a certain new iPhone XS accessory may or may not mean something of substance, Digitimes today adds fuel to the production start speculation fire.

The website’s infamous supply chain sources, which are generally accurate but occasionally not so much, claim Apple’s AirPower is indeed “finally in production”, eyeing commercial availability “later in 2019.”

That’s certainly vague and confusing, as it appears to conflict with gossip of a Q1 launch. But technically, “later in 2019” could well mean February or March as much as it could mean November or December.

Besides, if production is underway, Apple must have overcome the technical challenges rumored to have held up the AirPower last year, which suggests an imminent rollout in stores around the world.

Our safest bet for a re-introduction remains an oft-rumored spring event dedicated primarily to the announcement of two new “entry-level” iPads, including a long overdue new Mini generation.

Apple’s AirPods might be refreshed at the same event, possibly adding wireless charging capabilities at last to support the AirPower. Back when it was first unveiled previewed, the oft-delayed wireless charging mat had its sights set on simultaneously juicing up a compatible iPhone, Apple Watch, and a pair of AirPods. Hopefully, that's still the plan.

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8 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 698; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

yea sure. looking forward to a similar article in 2020.

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Naw, this is a new product for Apple that they have had serious issues with. In 2020 you'll be seeing news for the need of a recall and potential fires in buildings. I mean look at all the issues they've had with products that are no-brainers like keyboards and speakers.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It'll be released as the AirPower 2.

4. jacky899

Posts: 404; Member since: May 16, 2017

Any radiation concerns?

5. TBomb

Posts: 1205; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Wouldnt this pad just be 3 wireless chargers glued together? Couldn't I have just bought 3 chargers, taped them together with some packing tape and painted it white with a can of spray paint? Or is there something special about this?

6. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL, yeah you could but, it would look ugly as hell, lol

7. apple-rulz

Posts: 1901; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

LOL!!!!!!

8. TBomb

Posts: 1205; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

while there's no doubt it would look ugly, my point is why is this product so delayed? If there is no difference besides looks, why is there a 12+ month delay??

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