08 June 2021
Apple is still developing its charging mat. Yes! I know, it is just what you have been wanting to hear for so long. But, hold on! it’s again just a rumor for now. A new report from Bloomberg claims that Apple is still exploring an AirPower-like charger that could charge multiple devices like an iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch, all at once.
Just like the previous reports, the new report doesn't bring anything else to the table. Every tidbit that we have heard so far talks only about the existence of such a product but doesn’t go further into details. Well, because, this is how Apple works with a tight grip on potential leak points.
To the uninitiated ones, the wireless charging pad was introduced by Apple back in 2017 but it never materialized. At last, in 2019, the company completely scrapped AirPower and also disclosed the reason behind it.
But there have been persistent rumors around its development since then.
We first heard about the alleged development of a new AirPower-like charger in mid-2020 when Jon Prosser, a well-known YouTuber, and tipster tipped that Apple has distributed prototypes of this wireless charger among its engineers for testing. He even shared the image of that alleged prototype on Twitter. Later in August, we again heard that Apple is working on a new wireless charging mat that is a “less ambitious” project than the “over-ambitious” AirPower.
With so many persistent rumors, it is pretty obvious that Apple is not yet over with the idea of a wireless charging pad that could charge up multiple devices simultaneously. Well, it is indeed an ambitious project and we would like to see how Apple will execute it.
In addition to a wireless charger similar to the AirPower, Apple is also said to be “internally investigating” alternative wireless charging methods that can work over greater distances. We believe, the report is talking about the truly wireless charging tech where a phone doesn't need to have a direct touch with the charging device.
If you are tech-savvy, you might remember that in the Android world, some of the smartphone manufacturers have been exploring this method already and even showcased their products. Xiaomi, for instance, introduced its Mi Air Charge technology that can charge a device wirelessly in the air. It works differently from the currently available tech where you put a device on a charging mat or dock it somewhere. The new tech builds a truly wireless charging environment where your device doesn't require a direct touch with the device.