However, Apple has not been able to release the product so far and if a new report is to be believed, the AirPower wireless charging mat may not arrive before September this year. Apple has always promised a 2018 release for AirPower, but it had been expected much sooner. Another is AirPower's complex circuitry, which is necessary to allow compatible devices to be placed anywhere on the mat for charging. The device is equipped with a custom chip and a stripped-down version of iOS. Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg reports that the AirPower product won't be seen in Apple stores until September.
In the end, it's clear Apple is still pushing to deliver the wireless future it desires.
Though the iPhone X comes with the option to either wirelessly charge it through a charging pad or via a power brick, it could have possible that users only had the option to wirelessly charge the bezel-less flagship. Apple is yet to give a concrete timeline of when the AirPower will be available, but engineers are hoping it should be ready by September. Speaking of the AirPods, Apple has yet to release the wireless charging case for that device.
Apple said it would release a wireless charging pad called AirPower in 2018. Notably, the HomePod, which is Apple's first crack at a smart home speaker, was supposed to launch late a year ago, but due to reasons unclear, the company delayed the launch and eventually made it available in February. That wasn't feasible at the time because wireless charging was still slower than traditional methods. Plus, Apple would have then also had to bundle a wireless charger in the retail box which would have pushed its production cost up.
In order to charge multiple devices at once, the mat has to be fitted with several charging components, each of which are different sizes and overlap across the mat - a task that has proven hard.
Apple designers eventually hope to remove most of the external ports and buttons on the iPhone, including the charger, according to people familiar with the company's work. But Apple's AirPower promises unique features unavailable in other products, thanks to a proprietary specification built around the Wireless Power Consortium's (WPC) Qi specification.
According to a recent report from Bloomberg, multiple technical hurdles have held up the product launch. For example, Apple's wireless headphones, AirPods, were delayed in 2016.