Some of you might remember that Apple announced its AirPower wireless charging mat for multiple devices in September past year alongside its new iPhone.
The device is based on the Qi charging standard, but it has also been customized with an Apple-made chip that runs a stripped down version of iOS to better control power management and pairing with other devices. According to a recent report fromBloomberg, sources close to the matter now say AirPower will be released either before or in September. Indeed, Apple's use of multiple charging sensors to create a scenario in which users place multiple devices on the AirPower at once-something other chargers don't offer-has been a problem, according to the report.
The firm considered removing the current charging system on the iPhone X, but they decided against it, as wireless charging is still slower than traditional charging.
Apple had hoped to have AirPower ready to go by June, but now it aims to have the device available in the fall. Speaking of the AirPods, Apple has yet to release the wireless charging case for that device. To complement the iPhone's new capabilities, Apple also unveiled its own AirPower wireless charging mat. Engineers are also working to squash bugs related to the on-board firmware. Even single-device wireless charging pads can struggle to dissipate the heat given off as a side-effect of the process: Samsung's recent Fast Wireless Charging Pads have included fans for that goal, for instance.
Sources have said that the delay in the release might be intentional as well, once more indicating the possibility of Apple removing the Lightning Port in the upcoming models.
Wireless battery chargers don't usually require processors and operating system software to operate. First and foremost, I think battery life needs to see a major improvement before Apple drops physical wired charging altogether. Almost 10 months later, the product has yet to get a release date.
With the eventual launch of AirPower, it looks more and more likely Apple is pushing toward a future where their smartphones are completely portless.