Apple officially pulls the plug on AirPower

“Apple has canceled the AirPower product completely, citing difficulty meeting its own standards,” Matthew Panzarino reports for 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,’ said Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering in an emailed statement today.”

“After a delay of over a year since it was first announced in September of 2017, the AirPower charging mat has become something of a focal point for Apple’s recent habit of announcing envelope tickling products and not actually shipping them on time,” Panzarino reports. “Along with recent MacBook keyboard troubles, this has functioned as a sort of flash point over discussion that something isn’t right with Apple’s hardware processes.”

On September 12, 2017, the AirPower mat was billed by Apple as being able to charge iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods simultaneously. Apple pulled the plug, so to speak, on March 29, 2019
On September 12, 2017, the AirPower mat was billed by Apple as being able to charge iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods simultaneously. Apple pulled the plug, so to speak, on March 29, 2019.

 
“I’ve heard that they ran too hot because the 3D charging coils in close proximity to one another required very, very cautious power management,” Panzarino reports. “The project was apparently canceled so recently that boxes of the new AirPod cases even have pictures of AirPower on them and the new AirPod sets have mentions of AirPower.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Finally.

1 year, 6 months, and 18 days after it was fecklessly announced, AirPower meets its ignominious end.

We suggest exploring Anker’s array of wireless chargers. For Apple Watch, specifically, we love our original Mac-shaped elago W3 Stands!

SEE ALSO:
Apple’s AirPower to launch late this month, supply chain sources say – March 22, 2019
Apple secures rights to AirPower trademark – March 21, 2019
New AirPower image alongside iPhone XS appears within Apple’s website code – March 21, 2019
Will we see Apple announce AirPower, new iPod touch before week’s end? – March 20, 2019
Apple has approved production of AirPower wireless-charging mat – March 20, 2019
Apple’s iOS 12.2 beta 6 includes AirPower support – March 20, 2019
Apple unveils AirPower charging mat to simultaneously charge your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods; coming ‘next year’ – September 12, 2017

70 Comments

  1. Let’s review.

    Apple Lisa
    Apple III
    Apple E-World
    Apple QuickTake 100 camera
    Apple Portable
    Apple Pippin
    Apple Newton
    Macintosh TV
    Apple Hockey Puck Mouse
    20th Anniversary Mac
    Apple eMate
    Power Mac G4 Cube
    Apple HiFi
    Siri
    HomePod? (Jury still out but not looking good)

    All pretty terrible products in one way or another… yet Steve and yes even Tim managed to build on successes until they created the most valuable company in history. We don’t measure bands by their failures.. if we did then “What’s the New Mary Jane” should have doomed the Beatles and the entire “Victim of Love” disco album by Elton John should have destroyed his career.
    Failed products come and go and Apple has had more than its fair share I would guess.. but they seem to be doing just fine.

    And remember Apple’s DNA is HARDWARE. Much of their software is pretty junky and lame (and I LOVE Apple) from Numbers (seriously who uses this professionally?) to Pages (Not actually a very usable layout tool) and even some of their professional level stuff like Motion for video graphics..long ago outstripped by other better tools.. So.. don’t fret too much about Apple. I’m glad they try new stuff and say no to the stuff that doesn’t work. They should probably just go on a buying spree and get Anker, Paramount, and Bose and integrate them all. Then people would sit up and take notice, drive the stock price up and buy their well developed products. Holy crap.. they bought BEATS after all and it was nothing special.

  2. Apple is a mess. This product from origination was pretty unimportant in the scheme of things but two of announced it to years ago and now come out and say that it doesn’t meet their standards is pretty humiliating. Imagine the companies that will read this build one and sell it now on Amazon. Apple just look ridiculous. This just goes along with this shitty ass new keyboards.

    1. They can’t. Samsung’s cannot do what Air Power was going to do: allow device to be placed and oriented anywhere on the pad. This is not simple feat.

  3. The one and only reason I would have ever considered buying an overpriced Qi charging mat is if Apple built it on top of the new, cutting edge, meshing Airport.

    If the “future is wireless”, then Apple looks like they are falling drastically behind the competition. Amazon and Google are pushing into home networking in a big way, and Apple is nowhere to be found.

  4. I have been saying for years, Tim Cook’s largest failure is the lack of: announcing – releasing – shipping – reporting financial is ONE quarter. He has lacked in all 4 categories.

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