Apple announced AirPower, a wireless charger for iPhones, Apple Watches, and AirPods; one and the half years ago. Today, we can report that Apple has unexpectedly cancelled the much-anticipated accessory.
Apple sent signals even though it was subtle by notably missing potential and expected shipping dates multiple times, including a seemingly likely release alongside the second-generation version of AirPods with a wireless charging case this week.
“After much effort, we’ve concluded the wireless charger will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project,” said Apple SVP of hardware engineering Dan Riccio in a statement today. “We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to pushing the wireless experience forward.”
The wireless charger was originally revealed in September 2017 alongside the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, AirPower promised to simultaneously charge three devices at once — an iPhone, Apple Watch Series 3 or newer, and AirPods earphones with a then-unreleased wireless charging case. The hook was that users could lay each Apple device anywhere on a plain white surface without worrying about positioning.
Apple never confirmed a specific price or date for AirPower, saying only that it would arrive in 2018. Apple unusually removed virtually every reference to the device from its marketing materials.