Why Apple's wireless charging still isn't here
The wireless future is farther away than we thought ⚡️
Posted on June 21, 2018 9:38 PM.
When Apple Inc. introduced AirPods earbuds in 2016, chief designer Jony Ive hailed the beginning of a new "wireless future." The company’s devices would connect and charge without fiddly white cords and unsightly plugs and sockets.
They're calling it Apple Juice. Just kidding. It's called AirPower, but Apple Juice is clearly a missed opportunity 🤷♂ With AirPower, Apple's aiming to bring wireless charging not just to the phone, but to alllll your Apple devices. Your iPhone, Watch, and even AirPods, will charge via “induction.”
Since [the announcement], AirPower hasn’t been publicly discussed by Apple. Company engineers have been toiling away to address problems. One challenge is making sure the charger doesn’t overheat. Another is the complexity of the circuitry, according to people familiar with the device’s development.
Now, instead of a June launch date as they hoped, AirPower is expected to be here in September.
This is somewhat unusual for Apple, which in recent history has capitalized on product announcements for things like new iPhones, by making those devices available for pre-order within a couple weeks or less. Even the pricey iPhone X, with its complicated FaceID tech, took under three months to land in peoples’ hands from announcement to availability. And despite delays, the HomePod, which was announced in June 2017, eventually went on sale earlier this year in February—a gap of eight months.
Wireless charging opens up a whole new world of opportunities for the look of your devices too.
A few years ago, it was reported that Apple's design chief Jony Ive's end goal is for the iPhone to resemble a "single sheet of glass," while Apple has repeatedly expressed its ambitions to "create a wireless future," so the eventual removal of the Lightning connector should perhaps come as no surprise.
Courage. The biggest problem with removing the port, is that wireless charging just isn't fast enough yet. It's also a pain to lug around a power mat, and on top of that, you can't hold your phone while it's charging.
In the meanwhile, keep your lightning cable handy. Though, if you are ready to take a leap into the wireless future, Peel just launched a super-thin wireless charger (and you won't have to wait three months for it 😉).
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