UPDATE: A new report suggests that the AirPower wireless charging pad might arrive as soon as the end of March. The new device will allow you to charge a number of different devices at a time, including phones such as the iPhone X, the Apple Watch, and the AirPods.
The new report comes courtesy of Digitimes, and cites increases in the supply of ‘glass passivated package bridge rectifiers’ as pointing towards a release this month.
However, with no direct confirmation from Apple, these rumours should be taken with a pinch of salt, as they represent the views of components manufacturers with limited visability into the end-to-end supply chain.
Original story continues below…
When Apple announced the iPhone X and iPhone 8 range, it heralded a new era of wireless charging for long-fans of the company’s smartphones. At least it was supposed to.
Six months after announcing the new handsets, the proprietary AirPower wireless charging pad is nowhere to be seen.
In fact, we’ve heard crickets chirping since Apple unveiled the device, which can charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods simultaneously.
Related: What is AirPower?
The site says Apple has been working on resolving an issue with charging the Apple Watch Series 3.
It says the wearable is designed to be used with non-QI magnetic chargers, so AirPower requires a special radio to detect the Apple Watch Series 3.
Now that’s reportedly been cleared up, Apple can begin pushing the AirPower pad to consumers.
Apple hasn’t revealed the price yet, but it is thought the company will charge $199 for the device. Third-party wireless iPhone chargers cost around $60, but they don’t have the ability to charge three devices at once.
For some Apple super fans, the convenience might be worth the cost and another long wait.
Back in September Apple simply offered a vague 2018 release date, but with any luck, AirPower will be here sooner rather than later.
We’re starting to get used to ambiguous release dates for Apple products, with HomePods and AirPods both arriving when they were ready, rather than when Apple had initially pledged to launch them.
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