iPhone XS manual reveals Apple wanted you to use AirPower for charging

iPhone XS manual reveals Apple wanted you to use AirPower for charging
Recently, we talked about some of the problems that plagued Apple’s wireless charger, the AirPower, and why it didn’t show up during the reveal of the latest iPhones earlier this month. It turns out Apple itself was hoping to release it alongside its new smartphones but decided not to close to the launch.

As Apple customers over the world have started receiving their brand-new iPhone XS and XS Max, some noticed something peculiar in the paper manual that comes in the box. Users on Twitter have shared pictures of the user guides from both the iPhone XS and the XS Max and the part about the phone’s charging says this:

“Place iPhone with screen facing up on AirPower or a Qi-certified wireless charger. You can also use the Lightning connector to charge iPhone and connect accessories.” 

This shows not only that Apple meant for AirPower to already be out by the time customers received their Smartphones, but also that Apple was envisioning wireless charging as the preferred method for charging the new devices. The wording makes charging with a cable sound like some outdated method: “Sure, you can also charge it with a cable, if you’re that type of person.” Considering the new iPhones still don’t come with a fast charging power brick in the box, Apple was probably hoping that when customers look for a fast charger, they’ll get the AirPower, so they can charge their phones the way the manual suggests (even though it would have undoubtedly been more expensive than the wired fast charger the company sells).

The decision to cancel the AirPower’s announcement could have come earlier than one might think. We should keep in mind that for Apple to be able to ship new iPhones to customers worldwide, the devices must have been packaged and sent out from the factory weeks in advance. At the time the manuals were printed, AirPower was likely still on schedule, or Apple thought it will manage to solve the problems before September.

Apple has been suspiciously quiet about its AirPower, but that's just its standard practice for unreleased products. 

source: Twitter via AppleInsider

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1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1670; Member since: Feb 11, 2013


3. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The thing is there is already a ton of Qi-wireless chargers already available from all kinds of stores. You can even buy furniture with wireless chargers embedded in them. Like night stands, tables, desks, and more. Most likely all the existing chargers will be cheaper than what Apple will come up with. So why wait for Apple's version.

2. Be_Mine

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Anything to keep iPhone users from buying third party wireless charger. By continuing to keep them in suspense.

4. iCloud

Posts: 125; Member since: May 15, 2014

Is that why they sell belkin brand wireless chargers in the apple store?

5. Be_Mine

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Belkin isn't the only one making wireless charger. And I'm pretty sure Apple will charge some commission in the first place, having it in the Apple Store. But unlike in-apps purchased items or subscription based services like Apple Music, iTunes, iCloud storage, etc,. Apple does not really have control of what charger people prefer to use, what earbuds or Bluetooth headset they like to pair their devices with. So, most people just buy from Amazon or other offline stores or online retailers. As they are always cheaper and more often better than those available in the Apple Store.

7. mootu

Posts: 1517; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"Is that why they sell belkin brand wireless chargers in the apple store?" Belkin is owned by Foxconn who is 100% in bed with Apple, do you see the link there?

6. ShadowUnleashed

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 08, 2018

That wording makes me think Apple might start trying to make cable charging seem old. Reminds me that maybe Apple is planning to ditch the lightning port someday.

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