The ChargerLAB website in Hong Kong cites a "credible source" in Apple's supply chain, after which the Chinese manufacturer Luxshare Precision began production of AirPower. In a conversation about the Chinese news app WeChat, the source adds that he has heard that AirPower will be released soon.
Breaking: AirPower is finally here. We have just heard from a credible source in the supply chain that the manufacturer Luxshare Precision has already begun producing the Apple AirPower wireless charging pad. Luxshare Precision is also the manufacturer of Apple AirPods and USB C cables. pic.twitter.com/UqgWIAh3sx
̵1; ChargerLAB (@chargerlab) January 12, 2019
MacRumors translated the Chinese news in the WeChat screenshot with photos on the iPhone and they seem to agree with what ChargerLAB claims in his tweet.
Luxshare is a member of the Wireless Power Consortium behind the Qi standard and is assembling AirPods for Apple and Lightning to USB C cables to ChargerLAB. Luxshare has been reported as the main supplier of AirPower since February 2017.
Luxshare may not be the only supplier as Pegatron was also involved in the production last year, according to a report.
A few weeks ago, developer Steve Troughton-Smith said he has heard that Apple has overcome technical problems with the AirPower and could get on with a release. These technical challenges included overheating and interference issues, according to Sonny Dickson, an occasional source of Apple leakage.
Where is AirPower? 🤷♂️ All I've heard is "You finally fixed it". If it's true, it could be delivered as a product whenever Apple wishes. Hopefully next to the smart battery compartment for the XS
– Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) December 31, 2018
Back in October, in a research note from MacRumors, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that Apple may launch AirPower at the beginning of the first quarter of 2019, suggesting that the accessory will be available shortly.
The delayed release of AirPower is probably the reason why Apple has not yet released its optional case for wirelessly charging AirPods, which continues to appear on the Apple website as "currently unavailable". Like the AirPower, Kuo said the case for wireless networks could be released in early 2019 before a whole new pair in 2020.
AirPower is an oval mat that allows multiple Apple devices to be simultaneously charged wirelessly, including iPhone 8 and later, Apple Watch Series 3 and later, and AirPods, when expected to be used in the previously mentioned wireless charging case to start the mat.
Apple first previewed the AirPower at the Steve Jobs Theater in September 2017, shortly after introducing the iPhone X, and said it would appear in a press release sometime in 2018. Apple has not kept this promise and has not spoken for months to AirPower.
After its September 2018 event, Apple removed all AirPower exceptions from its website. However, the mat has still been referenced in the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR user guides, some recent Apple job listings, and some recent Apple patent applications.
Apple's silence regarding AirPower leads some to believe that the product was discontinued, but today's report offers new hope.
Last month, based on documentation received from Made for iPhone Program Participants, ChargerLAB reported that Apple-certified third party Lightning to USB C cables will be available in early 2019. Right in the background Belkin and Griffin are introduced, among others Lightning-to-USB-C cable at the CES 2019 this week.
However, ChargerLAB has reported inaccurately that the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR come with a faster 18W USB-C power adapter from Apple. The site showed an accurate rendering of the charger, but ended for the iPad Pro 2018, so the rumor was not completely upset.