At the start of the new year in Pacific Time, the headquarters of Apple Cupertino, the AirPower charging mat has officially missed its release window for 2018.
The charging mat promised to charge iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods with a single Compact Flexibility in device placement. However, it was suspected that the product faced internal development challenges this summer, preventing Apple from bringing the product to market as smoothly as expected.
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The AirPower mat differed from standard Qi charging mats with one device in more ways than one. Apple announced that the mat could charge a watch, AirPods and an iPhone – and also supports an alternative configuration in which the mat charges two iPhones at the same time.
The AirPower mat also coordinates their iOS chargers to display charging percentages on the iPhone lock screen.
For example, Apple SVP's Phil Schiller positioned the mat at the iPhone X event in September 2017:
We hope that people love encouraging others to develop more advanced technology-based solutions. We will work with the Qi Standards team to integrate these benefits into the future of standards to make wireless charging better for everyone. Look for the AirPower charger next year.
Obviously, Apple has neither put the mat on the market in 2018, nor has the Qi standard yet been put forward by Apple for simultaneously charging multiple devices with no clear points for the devices found. Apple is also not looking for availability for the AirPods wireless charging case.
Apart from availability, Apple has also remained the mother in pricing. It is not clear at this time whether AirPower has been canceled altogether or is expected to debut soon. At the end of last year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seemed confident that the product could hit the market in the first quarter.
Unusually, Apple has made no statement about the pressure of AirPower's status. Apple refused to acknowledge the product at its events in September and October, and did not respond to press inquiries at the end of December. The product will therefore still be in limbo in 2019.