The physical user guide that comes with all iPhone XS devices includes a prominent reference to Apple's extremely delayed AirPower. This suggests that the company's plans to launch the wireless charger were changed at the last minute this month.
As noted by developer Gavin Stephens in a tweet on ThursdayApple is calling on new iPhone XS owners to charge their device with AirPower or a Qi wireless charger.
Apple calls AirPower under the "Charging" section of the usual instruction manual. The formulation used suggests that the company intended to position the device as a main charging source, with Lightning as an alternative.
"Place the iPhone with the screen facing up on AirPower or a Qi-certified wireless charger. You can also use the Lightning connector to charge iPhone and connect accessories."
Announced alongside the slate of last year's iPhones, AirPower is being marketed as an all-in-one power supply solution for the company's portable device deployment. The charger is equipped with a technology developed in-house that allows users to simultaneously dissect multiple devices, including the non-Qi-compatible Apple and an unreleased AirPods wireless charging enclosure.
Some expected AirPower to launch with iPhone XS, but the product could not appear during the unveiling of hardware last week. Apple also scrubbed virtually all reports of AirPower from its website after the event. One photo of the device remains on a page specifically intended for AirPods.
The abrupt removal led to speculation that AirPower might never arrive, and Apple refuses to comment on the case. Rumors circulating on Monday suggest that technical problems, namely problems with heat and radio communication, are the fault for the delay. Reports claim that a new AirPower device will see the release next spring.
If AppleInsider explained last week, AirPower is an advanced charging solution that requires a number of advanced technologies to work together to function properly. In particular, it is thought that AirPower is dependent on multiple flux generators that work together to intelligently supply power to three devices simultaneously, a more complex system than regular Qi chargers.