Apple Inc on Friday said it is cancelling the AirPower wireless charging mat that the company announced in 2017 on the same day as its iPhone X, a rare public retreat for the gadget maker known for splashy product launches.
Apple announced AirPower in September, and the product was originally supposed to launch in 2018. But the Cupertino company went silent about the project after that, until now.
In a statement, Apple said that it had concluded that it's AirPower mat "will not achieve our high standards". However, with the latest iPad Mini getting Apple Pencil support, this time around we can finally hope for iPhone support too.
Apple hasn't officially provided any reason for the cancellation of the AirPower charging mat, but engineering roadblocks seem like the primary reason.
Most recently, it was speculated that the charging mat suffered from overheating issues, as the device came with a large number of power coils in order to be able to recharge multiple devices at the same time.
iPhone owners who have been jealously looking over at Samsung Galaxy S10, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, P30 and P30 Pro owners as they charge accessories, headphones, and other gadgets from the back of their handset will be relieved to hear that Apple is purportedly working on a version of the technology for its next flagship smartphone range. Obviously these are just rumors, but Kuo has a decent track record of reporting features on future Apple products. While this doesn't look good, considering Apple's recent keyboard woes, it is much better to cancelling shipping of a product than ship a risky product.