Report: AirPower Has Entered Production and Coming Soon

Apple's long-awaited wireless charging mat AirPower might finally be on the horizon if the latest rumor is to be believed.

Hong Kong website ChargerLAB cites a "credible source" within Apple's supply chain who claims Chinese manufacturer Luxshare Precision has started production of the AirPower. In a conversation on Chinese messaging app WeChat, the source adds he has heard the AirPower will be released soon.

MacRumors translated the Chinese messages in the WeChat screenshot using the Google Translate app for photos on iPhone and they appear to be consistent with what ChargerLAB claims in its tweet.

Luxshare is a member of the Wireless Power Consortium behind the Qi standard and also assembles AirPods for Apple — and Lightning to USB-C cables, according to ChargerLAB. Reports had suggested Luxshare would be a primary supplier of the AirPower since as early as February 2017.

Luxshare might not be the only supplier, as a report last year said Pegatron would also be involved in production.

A few weeks ago, developer Steve Troughton-Smith said he's heard Apple may have overcome technical challenges with the AirPower and could move forward with a release. Those technical challenges included overheating and interference issues, according to Sonny Dickson, an occasional source of Apple leaks.

Back in October, in a research note obtained by MacRumors, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that Apple may launch the AirPower by early in the first quarter of 2019, suggesting that the accessory may be released soon.

The delayed release of the AirPower is likely why Apple has yet to release its optional wireless charging case for AirPods, which remains listed as "currently unavailable" on Apple's website. Like the AirPower, Kuo said the wireless case may be released in early 2019 ahead of an entirely new pair in 2020.

AirPower is an oval-shaped mat that would be able to wirelessly charge multiple Apple devices at once, including the iPhone 8 and newer, Apple Watch Series 3 and newer, and AirPods when they are placed in the aforementioned wireless charging case that has been expected to launch alongside the mat.

Apple first previewed the AirPower at Steve Jobs Theater in September 2017, shortly after introducing the iPhone X, and indicated that it would be released at some point in 2018 in a press release. Apple failed to deliver on that promise, however, and hasn't commented on the AirPower for many months.

Following its September 2018 event, Apple removed all but a few mentions of the AirPower from its website. The mat was, however, still referenced in the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR user guides, in some recent Apple job listings, and in a few recent Apple patent applications.

Apple's silence regarding AirPower has led some to believe the product has been canceled, but today's report offers renewed hope.

Last month, based on documentation obtained from Made for iPhone program members, ChargerLAB accurately reported that third-party Apple-certified Lightning to USB-C cables would be available in early 2019. Right on cue, Belkin and Griffin among others introduced Lightning to USB-C cables at CES 2019 this week.

ChargerLAB did, however, inaccurately report that the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR would be bundled with a faster 18W USB-C power adapter from Apple. The website did show an accurate render of the charger, but it ended up being for the 2018 iPad Pro, so the rumor wasn't entirely off base.

Update: In a follow-up tweet, ChargerLAB cites another source who claims a second Apple supplier Pegatron is set to begin mass production of the AirPower on January 21. The alleged Pegatron employee claims the AirPower has three layers of coils in an 8-7-7 configuration from bottom to top.

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15 months ago
I would be interested as long as it's not over $100. But we all know this thing will be priced well above that.
Rating: 72 Votes
15 months ago
Too late, moved on. Decided I was done with flat charging mats and wanted a proper stand for my phone anyway.
Rating: 65 Votes
15 months ago
Let the snarky comments begin, just like original AirPods.

It will likely be a popular product if it works as designed.
Rating: 52 Votes
15 months ago
No longer interested
Rating: 47 Votes
15 months ago
Good, I’m hoping for a 2028 release date. If it’s any later I’m not buying it
Rating: 33 Votes
15 months ago
At the double the price...

29W charger required, sold separately.
Rating: 31 Votes
15 months ago

Too late, moved on. Decided I was done with flat charging mats and wanted a proper stand for my phone anyway.

This really isn’t targeted at someone who only has a phone. It’s best used by someone who uses a range of Apple products which charge wirelessly. I can easily see coming home, laying my phone on the mat, taking off my watch, and pulling my AirPods case out of my pocket, and laying them all on the mat, then heading for the shower. They may get moved around during the night, but by then they may all be fully charged. I can see having one at work and home. Maybe even having one in the car. In addition, I’d have a stand for the phone where I needed that, a stand on my night table for the watch. AirPods don’t need anything.

Future applications might include the Apple remote, Mouse, trackpad, and any other devices that currently charge by Lightning.

Something like this is never too late to market. Never mind that most of the public doesn’t even know about this product, or that Apple missed its shipping window. And a large number of Apple customers are still using phones that do not have wireless charging.
Rating: 29 Votes
15 months ago
What’s all this fuss about a wireless charger?
Rating: 27 Votes
15 months ago
Nobody cares anymore.
Rating: 26 Votes
15 months ago

Let the snarky comments begin, just like original AirPods.

It will likely be a popular product if it works as designed.

AirPods were released only three months after they were announced, and were priced competitively.

AirPower was announced with a TON of hype almost 18 months ago.

Based on Apple's pricing of their own USB-C chargers, this thing will be expensive as hell. All the while, everyone who purchased an iPhone 8, 8+, X, Xr, Xs, and Xs Max have been buying up $15 Qi chargers on Amazon this entire time.

AirPower will never be in the same league as AirPods. My opinion is not snarky; it's a harsh lesson for Apple.

This ship sailed away long ago and Apple missed the boat.
Rating: 18 Votes

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