Mophie Working on AirPower Replacement Able to Wirelessly Charge Multiple Devices Regardless of Position

Mophie parent company Zagg at CES told Bloomberg that it is developing a wireless charging mat that has capabilities that Apple attempted to implement in the now-canceled AirPower, but was unable to make work.

The charging accessory will charge iPhones and other mobile devices regardless of where they are placed on the charging mat, a feature that the ‌AirPower‌ was supposed to have.

Apple's canceled ‌AirPower‌

It's not clear if the charging mat that Zagg is developing will be able to charge the Apple Watch or if it will be limited to Qi-based wireless charging. Apple wanted the ‌AirPower‌ to be able to charge the ‌Apple Watch‌, iPhone, and AirPods, but had trouble implementing the overlapping charging coils that were necessary.

There are multi-device chargers on the market able to charge the ‌iPhone‌, ‌AirPods‌, and ‌Apple Watch‌ at once, but each device must be placed in a specific spot on the charger. Zagg's solution would apparently work anywhere, and will be marketed under the Mophie brand.

Some current charging mats from Mophie

Unless the wireless charger Zagg is working on works with the ‌iPhone‌, ‌Apple Watch‌, and ‌AirPods‌, it won't quite match what the ‌AirPower‌ was supposed to do, but multi-device charging regardless of position is still a challenge even when limited to Qi-based wireless charging devices.

Zagg marketing executive Brad Bell told Bloomberg that the company is pitching the charging device to retailers and gathering feedback, so it's not clear when this charging device might see a debut. There's also no word on what it might look like, though it could be a flat charging mat similar to the ‌AirPower‌.

Zagg is also working on long distance charging that would charge devices from several feet away, but that charging technology is still "many years away."

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26 weeks ago


If Apple couldn't do it with the best and brightest engineers in the world and a nearly infinite R&D budget, these guys can't either...

You're severely underestimating the problems of working in a huge organization...
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26 weeks ago


Lol good luck. If Apple couldn't do it with the best and brightest engineers in the world and a nearly infinite R&D budget, these guys can't either... That being said, if they did pull it off (and that might just be the biggest "if" ever proposed in human history) then it would sure make Apple look foolish. I mean how embarrassing if they couldn't do it but some third-party accessory maker DID??

Still livin' at moms level oversimplification there.

Even a small tweak to specification, or reduction in Apple's standards could likely get this working. A small advance from a part manufacturer since Apple packed it in could move it ahead. Nevermind of course that no-one here really knows who exactly was on AirPower development, or whether they were the 'brightest engineers in the world'. Seriously doubt the brightest engineers in the world are working on a stupid mat to charge a phone and a couple of accessories.
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26 weeks ago
Lol good luck. If Apple couldn't do it with the best and brightest engineers in the world and a nearly infinite R&D budget, these guys can't either... That being said, if they did pull it off (and that might just be the biggest "if" ever proposed in human history) then it would sure make Apple look foolish. I mean how embarrassing if they couldn't do it but some third-party accessory maker DID??
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26 weeks ago
It's all about profit margin. Mophie probably doesn't require 500-1000% markup to bring new items to production. Apple just didn't see any long term profit so product was killed. Not a bad thing, gives smaller companies some opportunities.
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26 weeks ago
Aira's FreePower seems to already has this technology. Nomad wlll have the Base Station pro with this.
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26 weeks ago
I really think that Apple Watch charging is what doomed AirPower to fail. As far as I know, there is not single product on the market that can charge an Apple Watch without exact alignment using magnets.

That there isn’t even a single charging “mat” Apple Watch in existence (even as a singular product that only charges the Apple Watch) despite the obvious usefulness of and market for such an accessory supports this conclusion.
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