Friday, March 29, 2019

AirPower Officially Cancelled

AirPower hasn't been talked about by Apple since late 2017. It's been so long, I've forgotten the bulk of its features at times. Rumors have circulated bringing conflicting reports of AirPower entering production or AirPower having severe development problems. It seems we finally have an answer today. A representative from Apple had the following to say to TechCrunch:
"After much effort, we've concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project. 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 push the wireless experience forward."
I've never seen Apple really do something like this before. The good is that many got so tired of waiting, they stopped caring. Also, Apple likely cancelled AirPower due to heat and safety issues, which would be bad PR if they were released in that state. The bad is those who waited almost two years for AirPower just to be told it's not happening.

This also leaves the wireless charging feature of the Apple Watch Series 3 and 4 half-useless. These Apple Watches only charge on certain wireless chargers, but it's unclear as to which ones. However, we knew it would work with AirPower for sure. In addition, if you bought the wireless charging case for AirPods, it has AirPower depicted on the box. Some people may have bought the wireless charging case just for AirPower capabilities. With all the rumors circulating, this came as a shock to many.

Personally, I'd rather AirPower get cancelled than something like AirPods. AirPods suffered some hiccups before getting to market as well and AirPower never appealed to me that much. AirPower was undeniably a great companion to an Apple enthusiast who travels a lot. Hopefully, we see AirPower's spirit in a future Apple product.

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