One of the most disappointing parts of Apple’s highly anticipated September event was the total lack of any mention of AirPower, Apple’s long-awaited charging mat announced last year when the Cupertino tech giant took to the stage to unveil the iPhone X.
Not only did Apple totally avoid any mentioning of the accessory during the event on Wednesday, an update to Apple.com now suggests the charging mat may not even arrive this year, meaning we could be waiting until 2019 before we see the introduction of AirPower and Apple’s new wireless charging case for AirPods.
Now that Apple has discontinued the iPhone X and removed its webpage from Apple.com, in doing so Apple has completely removed all mentioning of AirPower from its website, apart from a small section on the webpage advertising the unreleased wireless AirPods charging case which shows the case charging on AirPower, but even that page doesn’t say when AirPower is expected to arrive.
The Apple Post shared a report by Bloomberg in June that claimed Apple had been forced back to the drawing board after prototypes began to overheat during testing, pushing Apple to miss its supposed planned launch in June 2018.
At this stage, it’s unclear if Apple has just totally given up on the idea of AirPower. A delay is one thing, but intentionally removing all mentioning from Apple.com and the marketing material for the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR is another.
When, and if it arrives, users will be able to charge up to three devices at once. When users have multiple devices charging at the same time, AirPower will ‘communicate’ between each device and intelligently decide on how much power each device requires.