New AirPods Likely Delayed if Apple Doesn't Launch AirPower Charging Mat Today
Sep 12, 2018 8:43 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Today's leaks from Apple's XML sitemap have revealed a flurry of product announcements we can expect at the company's upcoming Gather Round event, including details of new iPhones and Apple Watch models.

On the flip side, the XML file also suggests which rumored products we shouldn't expect to be revealed later today. Most conspicuous is the absence of new iPad Pro and Mac models, which history suggests will now appear at a separate October event.


There's also the matter of Apple's long-awaited AirPower wireless charging mat, which likewise doesn't feature in Apple's sitemap, and that could be bad news for customers waiting on Apple to update its AirPods wireless earbuds.

With AirPower, Apple was supposed to be introducing a new AirPods Charging Case that adds wireless charging to the earbuds. But because the AirPower has taken so long to launch, the new case is now expected to feature in the next-generation model of AirPods – although Apple is also expected to sell that case on a standalone basis so customers who have already purchased AirPods can upgrade to it.

The new case looks similar to the current version, which charges via Lightning cable, but it has a built-in induction coil that also enables wireless charging.

In addition, rumors suggest that the new AirPods will have an upgraded wireless chip that supports hands-free "Hey Siri" functionality. With "Hey Siri" support, AirPod owners will be able to activate Siri without needing to double tap on the AirPods with a finger.


No other major changes are expected for the new AirPods, but there have been some hints that Apple is working on a set of Apple-branded high-end over-ear headphones that could launch in late 2018 at the earliest, although today's leaks suggest only a brief mention of them today at best.

Apple's event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park, Cupertino, California. Apple plans to live stream proceeding on its website and through the Events app on the Apple TV, while MacRumors will have live coverage both here on MacRumors.com and on our MacRumorsLive Twitter account.

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10 weeks ago
It's called AirPower because it's using parts from the F-35 programme
Rating: 5 Votes
10 weeks ago
Sorta ridiculous if its doesn't come out today.

They mentioned charging AW3's on this thing last year and that feature never even arrived because the mat was delayed.
Rating: 4 Votes
10 weeks ago

Not sure what’s so hard about developing a charging mat, but evidently this thing has really stymied them. Hope we see it this year at least :)

Because its a charging mat capable of charging multiple devices at the same time wherever they are placed on it. In addition, the apple watch doesn't even follow the Qi standard which complicates things even more. Other companies have tried sticking multiple coils together but they still require devices to be placed at specific positions.
Rating: 2 Votes
10 weeks ago
That AirPower thing is beyond pathetic. Never seen such a bluster from Apple.
I doubt Tim Cook will be man enough to stand there today and say he is sorry they ****ed up.
Instead we will have to listen to how amazing the Appstore has been a success and how many awesome new stores they're renovating in random locations. Oh and some real sad sob story on how the Apple Watch saved lives.
Rating: 1 Votes
10 weeks ago

Sorta ridiculous if its doesn't come out today.

They mentioned charging AW3's on this thing last year and that feature never even arrived because the mat was delayed.


Why? This is all new technology.

Apple's wireless mats are unlike any other wireless mat out there in that you can charge more than 1 device anywhere on the mat you want to. Other mats require you to place the devices on exact spots on the mat.

New technology requires time to figure out. Maybe it works 95% perfect, but there are 1 or 2 small dead zones. Apple wants to find out why and fix that before it's released.
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For me, I just don't see the value in wireless charging.

If I was given the option of wireless or wired charging, I'd choose wireless since it's more convenient to just set down my phone on a mat then plug it in.

If money matters, then that would need to be in the equation. But for many people, another $200 purchase is something that doesn't matter. Some people make $200 a week, others make $5000 a week. It's all relative.
Rating: 1 Votes
10 weeks ago
LOL. We'll just pretend this thing we talked about A YEAR AGO never existed.

But, if/when they DO get around to it, they'll act like it's the most radical and innovative thing in the history of history. And never once acknowledge how long it was vaporware.
Rating: 1 Votes
10 weeks ago
The more I think about it, the more weird it would be if Apple didn't say anything at all about AirPower today. Maybe they aren't in the site map because they're not going on sale until later this year. After a whole year it would be really weird for Apple to just pretend they didn't happen. Part of me is hoping they were just trying to throw off the whole industry and AirPower will be truly wireless. They'll just keep "delaying" it until they have the real AirPower. Wishful thinking, I know, but that would be one of the craziest things ever.
Rating: 1 Votes
10 weeks ago

My biggest "miss" was any mention of FaceID working in landscape mode. That really worries me for the iPad update. Looking more likely that those rumors about the smart connector only being in portrait mode are true and I'll actually consider sticking with this years model if so.


I thought of that too! But, this might not be something Apple even announces. They don’t often acknowledge things that “should have worked from the start”, and just slip them in quietly. Wait and see how one functions for real. Also, this could be something enabled in iOS 12.1 because it’s wrapped up in other code that is specifically for iPad.
Rating: 1 Votes
10 weeks ago

Except the First Gen 12.9 inch iPad Pro. It was announced alongside iPhone 6s series and iPad mini 4 in September 2015 Event. Well, like you said, Apple may just announce the new iPad Pros in October event. :p

Oh yes, I forgot about that one because it wasn't released until November of that year. They showed it pretty early. I will update my post.
Rating: 1 Votes
10 weeks ago

Oh yes, I forgot about that one because it wasn't released until November of that year. They showed it pretty early. I will update my post.

No problem, mate. Yes, 2015 September definitely was packed with contents. :p:D I wish that you will enjoy today’s event!
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