Mophie's next AirPower replacement will charge devices regardless of their position
Mophie's existing AirPower replacement
Mophie announced a replacement for Apple’s canceled AirPower charging mat in September that was designed to work with one iPhone, an Apple Watch, and a set of AirPods. But in a bid to more closely replicate Apple’s idea, the accessory maker is now working on an improved version.
Speaking to Bloomberg at CES 2020, Mophie parent company ZAGG disclosed that it’s actively developing a new wireless charging mat capable of charging iPhones and other devices regardless of where they’re placed on the accessory.
This capability was one of AirPower’s standout features but also the reason Apple eventually canceled its product. The implementation requires several overlapping coils inside which can, in turn, lead to severe overheating issues.
Apple couldn’t find a way to circumvent the issue but ZAGG has years of experience up its sleeves, so sooner or later it’s bound to find the perfect solution.
As for when the new Mophie-branded AirPower replacement will hit shelves, the accessory maker confirmed that it’s already pitching the idea to several retailers and gathering feedback. The goal is to release it to market at some point "later this year."
Alongside this, the company is also working on long distance wireless charging that would allow users to charge their devices from several feet away. However, this technology is still many years away.