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The new year is here, Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat is not

AirPower might never see the light of day. (Image via Apple w/ edits)
AirPower might never see the light of day. (Image via Apple w/ edits)
2018 has come and gone and with it the promise of an Apple-made wireless charging pad. Announced back at the 2017 iPhone X event, Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat is still MIA. At that event, Apple promised a 2018 release. However, the company has silently removed all references of AirPower from its website and hasn't said a word about the product since its 2017 announcement.

As 2018 ends and we look back on all the gadgets released over this past year, there is a glaring omission from a major player in the mobile world. Despite promises made by Apple (and even a few retail listings), the AirPower wireless charging mat has still not been released.

The AirPower mat was announced at Apple’s 2017 event alongside the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. Aimed at reducing cable clutter and taking advantage of the new iPhones’ wireless charging capabilities, the AirPower was slated for a 2018 release. As the year rolled on and the AirPower mat remained nowhere to be seen, rumors started swirling that the product may have been canceled.

Apple itself was mum about the AirPower mat at WWDC in June, the iPhone event in September, and the Mac announcement event in October. Further, Apple silently began removing references to the AirPower mat from its main website shortly after the September iPhone event.

Some speculate that the AirPower mat had overheating problems and Apple engineers were having trouble resolving the issue. However, this is just a rumor (and a thin one at that). What we do know is that Apple failed to deliver on a promise it made, which is rare for the Cupertino giant. As it stands, it seems that AirPower may indeed be dead in the water.

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Sam Medley, 2019-01- 1 (Update: 2019-01- 1)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.