Remember when the wireless charging mat was announced Air Power from Apple along with the iPhone X in 2017, only for Apple to cancel production two years later? YouTube channels Apple Demo and Unbox Therapy have brought back that memory with a video demonstrating a rare working prototype, according to a report from MacRumors.
The Apple AirPower was designed to simultaneously charge the iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch. However, the wireless charging mat design was flawed in that its power distribution depended on the location of each device on the mat despite having 22 overlapping coils, and each device required different amounts of power. The prototype that was unboxed by Unbox Therapy had only one working coil in the bottom right corner of the mat with external circuitry exposed on the back, and each device had to be placed on it in a certain position to draw power without the light. charge indicator will blink and go out.
To use the Apple AirPower prototype, Unbox Therapy used a MacBook Pro USB-C port with a genuine Apple Lighting to USB-C cable. Apple Demo recommended that the only Apple device models that should charge are iPhone X, AirPods and Apple Watch models without MagSafe magnets – any newer models could have damaged the charging mat if they draw more power. No matter what device was placed on the mat, it had to be charged for only one minute because it has a five-minute cool down period before other Apple devices are placed on the working coil.
As demonstrated in the video, the Apple AirPower prototype works, but the problems it encountered give us clues as to why Apple canceled the release of the final product. AirPower was difficult to do because it overheated very easily and didn’t communicate properly with the Apple products it was charging. And even if Apple were to release AirPower, there are other wireless charging stations that work better, albeit with different designs.
This marks a rare instance where Apple, the world’s coolest tech company, had to cancel a product that would have been well received by its loyal customers if it had worked the way it was supposed to, and worked fine with iPhone models. beyond the iPhone X.