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After No Sign of AirPower at Today's Event Apple Wipes Most Mentions From Website

The long-awaited AirPower charging mat, which is designed to charge the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods all at once, did not make an appearance at today's iPhone-centric event that saw the launch of new iPhone XS and iPhone XR models.

Apple did not mention the AirPower at all on stage, despite the fact that it's now been an entire year since the device was announced in September 2017 alongside the iPhone X.


In addition to failing to give an update on the AirPower, Apple has also essentially scrubbed all mentions of the device from its website. Searching for AirPower doesn't bring up anything, and the only place AirPower is listed appears to be on the page for the AirPods.

In a section of Apple's AirPods site the AirPower is depicted alongside a mention of an optional wireless charging case, which is listed as "currently unavailable." The wireless AirPods charging case was meant to be sold alongside the AirPower to enable AirPods wireless charging.

At this point, it's not clear what's going on with the AirPower. Apple originally said that the device would launch in 2018, but it seems like alongside new iPhones would have been the opportune moment.

It's clear there are still technical details to be worked out, and earlier this year, rumors suggested that Apple was still working on issues with overheating and dealing with multi-device circuitry. At the time, Apple was said to be aiming for a September launch, but no AirPower is coming in September.

Apple still has a few more months to meet its 2018 deadline for the AirPower, so it's possible we'll see the device debut via press release in October, November, or December.

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10 weeks ago
Apple swept the mat under the rug.
Rating: 68 Votes
10 weeks ago
I think its safe to say its dead at this point...

"Can't innovate my ass..."
Rating: 42 Votes
10 weeks ago
A huge over promise and under deliver from Apple on this one. What a disappointment.
Rating: 36 Votes
10 weeks ago
Apple now has an official Vaporware line.......
Rating: 23 Votes
10 weeks ago
“It’s dead, Jim...”

Watch for this to arrive late and cost $149...

What a mess. I won’t be getting one.
Rating: 21 Votes
10 weeks ago
Anyone miss the Apple that used to announce products with the phrase "Available today" at the end.

Whilst most products do eventually make an appearance. Apple has pre-announced a number of products in recent years that have seemingly taken longer to eventually come to market. It's not great for their reputation so they should just keep quiet.
Rating: 19 Votes
10 weeks ago
I'm hoping they have restarted the entire project with the goal of delivering true, wireless power over the air without charging mats. For now we can just use third party chargers. What sucks is the people who have been waiting and haven't purchased something else.
Rating: 14 Votes
10 weeks ago
This is exactly why Apple should not mention future products until they are actually ready. That is why Steve was so secretive, but things are clearly different nowadays.
Rating: 12 Votes
10 weeks ago
Things happen, I know we like to rag on Apple QA for letting bugs slip.. but apparently they are doing their job here.
Rating: 9 Votes
10 weeks ago
Meanwhile at Samsung for 2yrs now...



Rating: 9 Votes

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