The AirPower might be released in September alongside the new iPhone models, according to Bloomberg. Apple continues working through several “technical hurdles,” but the Cupertino-based company is committed to putting the wireless charging mat on the market in a few months.
Aside from complex circuitry, Apple’s engineers are struggling with the wireless charging mat because of overheating. The AirPower can charge multiple devices at the same time. If its temperature becomes too hot, the AirPower can damage the devices on top.
In the meantime, Apple has recommended purchasing accessories from Mophie and Belkin.
Apple announced the AirPower in 2017 when the iPhone X and iPhone 8 were launched as the first models to have wireless charging, and the company is also working on a special case for the AirPods. So there’s an ongoing transition to make wireless charging standard across all mobile devices and accessories.
Between its debut and now, there’s been little said about the product. Apple hasn’t talked about the AirPower publicly since. One partner, however, revealed Apple is struggling to get multiple charging sensors into the AirPower so users can place their devices anywhere and get a steady stream of juice.
The report also suggests Apple has a watered-down version of iOS and a custom chip for the AirPower. Both are meant to help with pairing and power management.
Since the new iPhone models will support wireless charging, the AirPower should be part of Apple’s hardware-focused event in September. The AirPower could be championed for all its groundbreaking technology, and then its arrival can coincide with new iPhone models that take advantage of it. Apple would also excite iPhone X and iPhone 8 owners who’ve been waiting tirelessly for the accessory.