Apple is reportingly trying to bring back its once scrapped AirPower project, if rumours are true.
According to Jon Prosser, a self-described tech analyst, the product “isn’t dead” and is going through prototyping stages:
AirPower isn’t dead 👀
The project is back on, internally. No guarantee that they’ll finalize and release it, but they haven’t given up yet and they’re trying to re-engineer the coils to displace heat more effectively. Prototyping is underway.
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) March 22, 2020
Prosser himself doesn’t exactly have a huge track record when it comes to Apple rumors. He did, however, predict the company showing off AirPods Pro to media before its official launch. He also previously shared accurate Google leaks.
While reaching the prototyping stage sounds promising, it really doesn’t guarantee anything. It doesn’t confirm Apple can sell it, nor if it can solve the issues it had before.
Previously, Apple scrapped the product because it couldn’t achieve its “high standards” after much effort.
The biggest issue Apple faced when they first worked on it was, reportedly, because of how prone it was to overheating during usage.
Despite scrapping it, Apple did mention they “believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward”. This is likely their testament to that statement.
AirPower was first teased in 2017 at its first event in Steve Jobs Theatre. The event announced the launch of both the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, respectively.
The product was meant to have the capability of charging three products simultaneously; an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. It would have charged regardless of where either product was placed on it.
AirPower is one of the very few products that Apple ultimately chose to scrap, though now it seems the company is willing (or rather, committed) to bring a truly wireless experience for all its users.