Apple's AirPower charging mat coming in September after long delays

Wireless Charging

The AirPower mat, which can wirelessly charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods at the same time, was first demoed at Apple's iPhone X launch event in September a year ago. Thanks to their glass backs, these phones can be used with Qi-certified chargers to supply power to your phone via magnetic induction. Because it is designed as a mat to let users place up to three different products - iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods - anywhere on its top, it needs to accommodate multiple and differently sized chargers being placed all over the surface. This accessory is taking longer than anticipated due to some technical obstacles such as heat management to make sure the accessory doesnt overheat and some complicated circuitry involved. The mat also has an iPhone-like processor inside and runs on a pared-down version of iOS to bring deeper integration with the various devices it charges.

Not only did the product instantly whet the appetite of individuals who wanted something that was capable of charging multiple devices wirelessly at once, but it also upset those who were a little less than enthusiastic with Apple's extremely open for interpretation timescales of release.

Now, a new report says that Apple has faced challenges with the charger's complex engineering, and it hopes to release the device before the end of September. The aim now is to put it on sale before or in September, according to one of the people.

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The Lighting port also used to connect the Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter which then allows users to connect their headphones with a 3.5mm jack to the device. While there are portable power banks with wireless charging, you definitely can not use them while you are on the move which is possible with wired charging. Samsung for now seems to have the fastest wireless charging speed but that also is slower than what wired charging tech has to offer. The company touted the wireless charger as an ideal solution for its iPhones, Apple Watch, and other accessories.


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