Apple still working on AirPower-style wireless charger, Bloomberg reports
According to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, Apple is still exploring a wireless charger that would work similarly to AirPower, Apple’s infamous charging pad that was canceled following development issues in 2019.
Gurman reports that despite the issues, which rumors at the time pointed to being related to complications with prototypes overheating during testing, Apple is still looking into whether it can produce a wireless charger that would simultaneously charge an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods, according to sources.
The report also suggests Apple is looking into alternative wireless charging methods that can work over greater distances than an inductive connection, although Gurman notes that the technology is “likely several years away” from being released publicly.
Apple previewed its AirPower wireless charging mat alongside the iPhone X in 2017. At the time, Apple touted how AirPower would be capable of charging up to three devices at once, such as an iPhone, AirPods Wireless Charging Case, and Apple Watch.