The Apple AirPower charging mat may launch soon: new leak

The Apple AirPower's release may be on the cards (again). (Source: Apple)
The Apple AirPower's release may be on the cards (again). (Source: Apple)
DigiTimes has cited sources at a components supplier in a new report that alleges the AirPower accessory is finally going to be released soon. This article also asserts that the long-awaited wireless charging pad will work with at least one generation of the Apple Watch.
Deirdre O Donnell,

The techno-business blog DigiTimes has released a report that discusses Lite-On Semiconductor's recent fortunes. They are to be positively impacted by some supply contracts and incursions into new markets. Why is this relevant to people who feel they are in need of Apple-brand wireless-charging accessories, you ask? Well, some of this activity relates to the fact LiteOn's products are reportedly used in the AirPower charging mat.

This product apparently depends on a glass-passivated package bridge rectifier, which is manufactured by Lite-On Semiconductor. Accordingly, Apple has reportedly engaged the supplier to complete these long-awaited charging pads. The DigiTimes report also directly drops the AirPower name, and asserts that its sources at LiteOn have indicated that the new product will be released "in late March".

Should that quote indeed refer to this year, the article does not have long to prove accurate. The AirPower may be more important to Apple customers than ever right now, as the company has already released a wireless-charging case that is compatible with the first- and second-generation AirPods. The article also mentions that the Apple Watch will also be able to charge using the AirPower mat.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-03-22 (Update: 2019-03-22)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.