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AirPower: Teardown of a prototype shows how complex the cancelled Apple charging pad was as canned official advert does the rounds again

The inside of the AirPower is like a work of art. (Image source: Bilibili)
The inside of the AirPower is like a work of art. (Image source: Bilibili)
The release of the AirPower still remains on the table, despite having been cancelled last year. Now, a supposed prototype has been torn down to reveal just how complex Apple's charging pad was. An official canned advert is doing the rounds again too, underlining just how close Apple was to releasing the AirPower.

The AirPower should have been the wireless charging pad to rule them all, with it able to charge three devices simultaneously no matter how you place them. As has been well documented, the AirPower did not come to pass and was cancelled last year. There has been talk of Apple resurrecting the AirPower though, and now someone has got their hands on a prototype.

Unlike Xiaomi's new motorised wireless charging pad, which moves its charging coil towards a single device on rails, the AirPower has a myriad of charging coils that overlap each other. Specifically, the teardown of a prototype reveals that Apple included fourteen coils, although it could only charge three devices simultaneously. Unsurprisingly, this volume of charging coils caused the AirPower to overheat and even catch fire in some instances. As it stands, the inside of the AirPower is intricate and considerably more complex than other wireless charging pads.

(Image source: Bilibili)
(Image source: Bilibili)

An official AirPower test advert is doing the rounds again online too. Apparently, there are three variants of the advert, of which some can be found on Apple Archive. The lack of smooth animations suggests that the video is unfinished, or possibly an internal mock-up as some people have claimed. Overall, the video shows just how close Apple was to unveiling the AirPower, before it met its untimely end.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-08-25 (Update: 2020-08-25)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.