Announced in 2017 at the iPhe X launch, the AirPower wireless charging mat was warmly welcomed by the media as a single charging point for up to three devices, enabling an iPhe, Apple and an AirPods wireless charging enclosure to be recharged simultaneously. Although Apple was not released at that time, Apple expected it to be released sometime in 2018, but it has unexpectedly remained silent last year.
According to sources of Sny Dicks, the prospects for AirPower are grim, with the feeling that those with knowledge of the project suggest that it is doomed to fail, and is probably not available for the release unless "significant progress" is made.
Heat management is mentied as e of the major problems with the product, with AirPower generating too much heat, which in turn influences the performance and power of devices placed the mat in the first place. Heat is also said to affect Apple's modified loading chip.
A secd problem, which has to do with the cnecti between devices, causes problems with the activati of the charging, the charging speed and the accuracy of the charging levels. The problem is apparently worse for the AirPod case and the Apple, because both devices have to communicate with the iPhe to check the charge level of each device the mat, something taken over by the mat itself.
A major problem is the mechanism that the mat uses for loading multiple devices. Qi wireless charging is dependent inductance between two coils for power delivery, but AirPower uses between 21 and 24 power coils of different sizes, the report of which claims that it is suitable for the three main devices that will be used for charging.
AppleInsider has been aware since 2017 that the ly way to implement Apple's visi is with multiple flux generators, as described by Dicks as a maximum of 24 current coils.
This multiple coil cfigurati has numerous associated challenges, including a significant amount of interference build-up and heat generati. This is partly caused by the use of different coils of different sizes, which are also overlapping to fit in a limited footprint.
The complex circuits associated with the coils are also identified as a problem for the product and it is unlikely that this will be remedied without making the AirPower mat thicker and larger. It is believed that Apple will not compromise thickness and size for the device, despite the technical challenges.
The probability that there will be an AirPower launch before the end of 2018 is small and engineers cnected to the project suggest that it is unlikely that they will take place. References to the product have been removed from the Apple website and further suggest that there will so be no launch in the current form of AirPower.
Some "less noticeable people involved in the project" apparently suggest that the ccept and trademark of AirPower will be reused, but a completely new product instead of the previously damaged mat. Functis are not known and it is unlikely that a future public disclosure will take place before spring.