“Remember AirPower? Apple had big plans for the charging mat when it was launched [previewed] nearly a year ago,” Brian Heater writes for TechCrunch.

“Since then, however,” Heater notes, “the iPhone/Apple Watch/AirPod accessory has been MIA for reasons no one outside of the Cupertino spaceship is entirely sure of.”

Yesterday, “Samsung unveiled its own take on the tech. Granted, it’s perhaps less ambitious than Apple’s place-it-anywhere approach to charging, but at very least, there seems the very real possibility that it may still launch ahead of the competition,” Heater writes. “The Wireless Charging Duo has two distinct surfaces: one for Galaxy handsets and the other for the company’s smartwatch.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: “Perhaps less ambitious?” No, it’s painfully less ambitious. It’s nothing more than two chargers stuck together. Typical me-too smoke and mirrors from slavish copier Samsung.

That said, Apple is to blame for revealing AirPower and then never shipping it.

Note to Apple brass: “Real artists ship.”

Apple’s long-delayed AirPower charging mat due in September; includes custom Apple chip running stripped down version of iOS – June 21, 2018
Under ‘operations genius’ Tim Cook, product delays and other problems are no longer unusual for Apple – November 20, 2017
Apple delays HomePod release to early 2018 – November 17, 2017
Apple CEO Tim Cook: The ‘operations genius’ who never has enough products to sell at launch – October 23, 2017
Apple reveals HomePod smart home music speaker – June 5, 2017
Apple is misplaying the hand Steve Jobs left them – November 30, 2016
Apple delays AirPod rollout – October 26, 2016
Apple delays release of watchOS 2 due to bug – September 16, 2015
Apple delays HomeKit launch until autumn – May 14, 2015
Apple delays production of 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ in face of overwhelming iPhone 6/Plus demand – October 9, 2014
Tim Cook’s mea culpa: iMac launch should have been postponed – April 24, 2013
Obviously, Apple’s autumn iMac launch was badly botched – March 19, 2013