A newsletter from Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman claims that Apple is still working on a multi-device wireless charger that would deliver on the company’s long-canceled AirPower charging pad promise.
The newsletter Gurman sent out yesterday claims that Apple is still working on a charger that can handle three devices at once – iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch – despite its failures with the AirPower. Apple publicly announced the AirPower alongside the iPhone X in 2017, but the product was reportedly plagued by development issues like overheating and was ultimately discontinued.
Bloomberg previously reported that Apple was working on both an AirPower successor and true wireless technology in an article published last June. (This article also revealed, among other things, the redesign of the iPad mini.)
This article claimed that Apple was planning to eventually add a reverse wireless charging feature to the iPad, that the company was exploring the idea of developing a successor to AirPower, and that it was also (separately) studying “methods. wireless charging alternatives that can operate over greater distances than an inductive connection. “
In this week’s newsletter, Gurman suggests that the new AirPower could use one of these new technologies. In other words, Apple could turn to new technology to solve a problem it couldn’t solve with a device using the currently prevalent inductive charging technology. .
Since the cancellation of AirPower, Apple has released similar products, such as a dual charger for iPhone and Apple Watch. But while the AirPower was designed as a single charging surface that could serve multiple devices, the Apple-designed iPhone / Watch charger is simply two separate charging devices connected to a single power cord.
Accessory makers like Belkin have also introduced multi-device inductive chargers into Apple’s ecosystem. The devices work pretty well for the most part, but they still don’t do everything Apple has sought to cover with the AirPower.
Apple introduced MagSafe for the iPhone in 2020, putting wireless charging at the center rather than as an additional peripheral feature. There has been plenty of speculation that Apple will completely remove physical charging ports from the iPhone in a future iteration; better charging technology could be a catalyst for the movement.
According to Gurman’s reports, Apple is considering a scenario where an iPad could charge an iPhone and the iPhone could charge AirPods, and much of that could happen wirelessly, without direct physical contact between the devices. What’s more likely is that the company will start with reverse induction charging and work its way up to true wireless technology. We still have no idea of a timeline for these developments.