During its September 2017 keynote, Apple created a surprise by unveiling the iPhone X, a brand new kind of iPhone. Along with the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the firm had also announced the AirPower.
Long awaited by Apple fans, the AirPower is a wireless charging mat that was supposed to allow users to easily charge all their products that support the technology. But unfortunately, the AirPower never launched. And finally, in 2019, Apple confirmed that this product has indeed been cancelled.
Why? The firm had cited the inability of the AirPower to meet the company’s high standards. Some sources had indicated that the product would have had problems of overheating.
In any case, even today, the AirPower continues to be the talk of the town. As reported by The Verge, this week Giulio Zompetti’s Twitter account posted a video showing a wireless charging cradle that is said to be a prototype of the AirPower, allowing us to see what the product would have looked like if it had been released.
– Giulio Zompetti (@1nsane_dev) August 5, 2021
Regarding the overheating, here’s what Zompetti said, “I couldn’t reproduce the problem, but I still can’t say it’s not there.”
Of course, there’s no guarantee that it’s actually an AirPower. However, as The Verge notes, Zompetti is a renowned collector who has already managed to get his hands on things like a prototype of the Apple Watch.
Will Apple be able to resurrect the AirPower?
Despite the AirPower flop, Apple hasn’t given up on wireless charging. With the iPhone 12, it even decided to improve it with its MagSafe technology (which inspired Realme) that allows an attachment of the back of the iPhone with the wireless charger via magnets. And according to rumors, Apple could present a new version of MagSafe at its next keynote.
But at the same time, there are rumors that a new version of AirPower could be coming. In June, we relayed one of these.
In an article published on Bloomberg, the journalist Mark Gurman had indeed indicated that Apple has not yet completely turned the page. Tests would still be conducted to offer a wireless charging station to users of the firm’s products.