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Apple reportedly started mass production of the AirPower wireless charging pad

By Cookie Monster - on 14 Jan 2019, 8:00am

Apple reportedly started mass production of the AirPower wireless charging pad

Apple's AirPower wireless charging pad.

Apple might finally be bringing the AirPower wireless charging pad this year after going silent on its fate in 2018. 

According to ChargerLab, it received two tips that the mass production of the AirPower has started or is going to start soon. In its first tweet, ChargerLab said it learnt from a credible source in the supply chain that Luxshare Precision (the maker of Apple AirPods and USB-C cables) has already started production of the wireless charging pad.

In a follow-up tweet, ChargerLab said the mass production of the AirPower will begin at Pegatron on 21 January based on information from another source. A Pegatron employee reportedly told ChargerLab that the AirPower has three layers of coils in 8-7-7 configuration from bottom to top.  

The AirPower was supposed to launch in 2018, but Apple missed the deadline due to unknown reasons. Sonny Dickson, who is a prominent tipster of Apple's products, said Apple struggled with overheating, buggy inter-device communication, issues with charging speeds, inaccurate charging levels, and mechanical and interference issues. Sources also told Bloomberg that Apple was struggling to fix the overheating issues and the complexity of the circuity. 

If the AirPower launches this year, it is expected to cost around S$298. There are alternatives to the AirPower although the charging mechanism is not as advanced; the Nomad Base Station for Apple Watch and Griffin PowerBlock Wireless Fast Charging Pad with Apple Watch Dock are worth considering. 

Source: ChargerLab (1) (2) via 9to5Mac