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Apple AirPower charging mention in iPhone XS Max packaging hints that it might not be dead yet

Apple might still be working on perfecting the technology.

  • Published: September 24, 2018 5:54 PM IST
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One of the most anticipated devices that did not see the light of the day at Apple’s annual launch event this year was the AirPower Charging mat. It is Apple’s take on a wireless charger, which the company claims can charge up to three Apple devices simultaneously including the iPhone, Apple Watch and the AirPods. But while it was announced almost a year ago, it looks like a number of engineering issues have been causing Apple to delay its launch time and again. In this kind of uncertainty, however, new evidence has surfaced online hinting that Apple might still not have given up hope on it.

According to a report from the 9to5Mac, the evidence comes from two sources, one of which is the recently released iOS 12.1 beta update. The website notes that in the new update the software component specifically responsible for managing the charging interface for AirPower has been updated, further citing the fact that Apple is continuously working on it.

If that doesn’t give insight on Apple’s plans, the company has also mentioned AirPower in the startup guide bundled with the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. It’s clear that if Apple planned to pull the plug off its wireless charger, then it might not have continued to mention it in the iPhone packaging. An image of the guide was first posted by Gavin Stephens on Twitter.

According to recent reports, the biggest problem Apple is facing with AirPower is with the overheating, which is essentially being caused because of the device’s multi-coil design. Engineers have also been facing problems in getting the AirPower mat to communicate with devices placed on it.

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While we might not get to see the device launch this year, it’s good to see Apple not give up on the product just yet. That said, it’s possible that the final product Apple launches might not be similar to what it had touted last year. Reports claim that Apple might just consider redesigning the product in order to solve some of its complex circuitry issues.

  • Published Date: September 24, 2018 5:54 PM IST