Apple To Launch AirPower Mat By September Running A Custom Chip And A Stripped Down Version Of iOS


Apple unveiled the iPhone X in September of last year and the notch raised several eyebrows. However, the smartphone industry followed anyway. Alongside the iPhone X, Apple also showcased its upcoming AirPower Mat, a Qi-enabled wireless charger which is capable of charging the supported iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods, simultaneously. While the company planned a release date for early 2018, there is still a no-show. The company is now planning to launch its AirPower mat before or in September which will feature a custom chip and a stripped down version of iOS.

Apple To Launch Its AirPower Mat Before Or In September

Accirding to a Bloomberg report shared today, Apple has been unable to launch its AirPower mat. The launch has also slowed due to lack or slowed down vision of a truly wireless iPhone without a charging port. Probably, the delayed launch is also due to the fact that Apple is working on its own custom chip and a stripped down version of iOS. If only charging would have been a concern, there are plenty of alternatives out in the market capable of charging the iPhone, Apple Watch, and the AirPods simultaneously.

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Wireless Charging

Apple is packing multiple charging sensors so users can charge their devices by placing it anywhere on the mat. Apple hopes to integrate its custom charging technology with Qi charging later this year. As we have mentioned earlier, the AirPower will also feature a custom chip from Apple and a stripped down version of iOS. The latter will be a utility feature for on-device power management and pairing process.

Apple didn’t say when in 2018 it would release AirPower, but engineers hoped to launch the charger by June. The aim now is to put it on sale before or in September, according to one of the people. In recent months, some Apple engineers have ramped up testing of the device by using it as their charger at the office, another person said.

Apple's engineers have ramped up the testing process in the recent months and are also using the AirPower mat as their primary chargers at the office. They are also working to minimize all the bugs in the firmware so the overall experience will be fluid. Apple is expected to launch the AirPower mat before or in September.

There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details. This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the matter? Would we see an AirPower mat by Apple any time soon? Share your views with us in the comments.

News Source: Bloomberg