Apple’s long-delayed AirPower charging mat might finally be in production

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Could the multi-year wait for AirPower be almost over? Maybe so.
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A report coming out of Apple’s Asian supply chain claims that production of the AirPower multi-device charging mat has begun at last. 

The accessory is vastly overdue considering Apple first promised it way back in 2017.

“We just learned from credible source in supply chain that the manufacture Luxshare Precision has already started producing Apple AirPower wireless charging pad,” says a tweet from the website ChargerLab. Luxshare Precision is perhaps best known as a Guangdong-based manufacturer  of Apple‘s AirPods.

ChargerLab also claims that Pegatron will start production of this charging mate later this month. This Taiwanese company produces iPhone units.

Why AirPower is so delayed

Apple unveiled AirPower 16 months ago alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, its first smartphones to support wireless charging.  This promised accessory can charge an iPhone, Apple Watch, and an upcoming AirPods case simultaneously… but it goes beyond just that. 

When an iPhone is on the charger with other items, the phone’s screen shows the charging status for all of them. In addition, Watch, phone, etc. can be arranged in any way on the charger. 

It’s this latter feature that reportedly caused problems for engineers as intermingling three sets of charging coils generated unacceptable amounts of heat.  But it appears this problem has been sorted out and the AirPower will launch soon.

That said, the debut of this product might be delayed in the US by the current government shutdown. If it hasn’t yet received FCC approval it can‘t be released in this country until that agency’s furloughed employees are back on the job.

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