It was the big mistake of Apple's keynote. A year after the presentation of the AirPower Wireless Charging Mat – and announced a commercialization for 2018 – the company has not published any news. On Wednesday, Tim Cook and Phil Schiller did not even mention on the stage that the iPhone Xs and Xr were compatible with inductive charging.
Contact recorded by 20 minutesFrench and American press services remained silent. Even blogger John Gruber, who is very close to the company, could not get any explanation, including "off". On the Apple website all entries of the AirPower carpet disappeared, including on the iPhone X page (but there was another paragraph and a picture on Tuesday night). An image will remain on the AirPods headset page, but the holster announced for wireless charging is currently "unavailable".
On the AirPods page there is still a picture of the AirPower mat, but the headphone cover is "not available". pic.twitter.com/ShUudd8VkG
– Philippe Berry (@ptiberry) September 12, 2018
Problems with Xi standards?
With the announcement of AirPower last year, Phil Schiller assured him: "We think we can make the wireless charging experience even better." The promise of Apple, so it is a single carpet to reload the iPhone (8, X, XS, XR), the Apple Watch (series 3 and 4) and AirPods earphones. "It is not possible with the current Qi standards (pronounced" chi "), but our team knows how to do that," said Schiller, and promised: "We will work with them to incorporate these benefits into future standards. "
In fact, Apple joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). The latter explains that he has no information about Airpower's progress because the members are not forced to share their progress. But a representative of the WPC criticizes Apple half-heartedly that for accessories that require less than 15 watts, "no need for new standards".
Some chargers also work – not always very well – with the Apple Watch. But according to Bloomberg, AirPower has a complex system of induction coils to place different gadgets everywhere on the carpet and product development took longer than expected. Come on, Apple may have saved it for the October appointment on the iPad and Mac.