10 August 2021
A new report from Bloomberg claims Apple is working on a “less ambitious” wireless charger to charge iPhones. Before you start learning about this new wireless charger, you must revise what happened to Apple’s over-ambitious AirPower project.
To the uninitiated ones, Apple launched AirPower, a wireless charging mat back in 2017 but scrapped it completely in 2019 due to overheating and reliability issues. The charging mat was launched with a “drop anywhere” idea, which is to let you place your Apple device anywhere on the mat and it will charge it accordingly. But perhaps the AirPower charging mat is nowhere to even take a glance at. However, if a new report from Bloomberg is to be believed, Apple looks to be applying its best efforts to at least bring an option that could work near to its grandiose AirPower.
The report that details the capability of a new wireless charging by the tech startup named Aira mentioned about Apple-branded wireless charging mat in passing.
“More than a year after AirPower’s demis, Apple is developing a less ambitious wireless carger for the iPhone. But while the Silicon Valle giant works on that product, Aira, a startup based in Chandler, Arizona, this week is rolling out a technology called FreePower that aims to deliver on the original promise of AirPower.”
Well, this is not the first time that we are hearing plans of Apple on developing a wireless charger. Well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in January forecasted that Apple would debut a “small wireless charging mat” sometime in 2020. Then last month we also heard from a tipster that Apple is gearing up to launch AirPower Mini at a Special Event in October this year.
Aira’s wireless charger, however, will not just charge Apple’s products but also devices from different manufacturers like Google and Samsung. Aira reportedly has claimed that its FreePower technology uses a different approach. The details are pretty scarce but looks like this Apple-branded charger wouldn’t sport the same overlapping coil design. Aira has reportedly mentioned that its technology "uses thin coils printed on a circuit board instead of traditional wire-wound coils." Aira further says the result wouldn’t require specific placement of devices.
But the report mentions a drawback and that is this charging mat currently can’t charge Apple Watch. Also, Aira’s technology can’t allow an iPhone to show the charging status of other devices on the mat. Currently, there are some glaring glitches that Aira has to deal with.