Working AirPower Prototype Shown in Video Clip

A video of a seemingly functional AirPower prototype has been shared on Twitter by Apple device collector Giulio Zompetti, in what appears to be a first-of-its-kind look at the elusive charger in action.

The video shows a unique on-screen iOS animation when the iPhone is placed on the ‌AirPower‌ charging mat, which has only previously been seen in Apple's early marketing materials, making it the first time this animation has been seen in the wild. An ‌iPhone‌ on the ‌AirPower‌ charger would have shown the charge of all of the devices that were placed on the pad.

‌AirPower‌ was an Apple-designed charging mat designed to charge Qi-based iPhones, the Apple Watch, and ‌AirPods‌ that Apple announced in September 2017 alongside the ‌iPhone‌ X. It was designed so that users could place an ‌‌iPhone‌‌, ‌‌AirPods‌‌, and Apple Watch on any portion of the mat to have the device charge, which meant that multiple overlapping charging coils had to be included.

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‌AirPower‌ missed its 2018 launch date, and after a large number of issues with its development, Apple canceled the AirPower project in March 2019.

Photos allegedly depicting the ‌AirPower‌ surfaced on social networks in August 2020, showing a multi-coil design and the device's internal circuirty, but this is the first video footage of a rare and seemingly functional prototype that presumably leaked out of Apple's development supply chain.

According to reliable Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman, Apple is still looking into AirPower-like charging solutions for the future.

Zompetti is an avid collector of Apple prototype devices and has previously shared images of an Apple Watch Series 3 prototype with additional connectors, an original iPad with two 30-pin ports, an iPhone 12 Pro prototype, a third-generation iPod touch with a rear camera, and rare original Apple Watch prototypes.

Top Rated Comments

JetLaw Avatar
8 weeks ago
in the unrated version it caught fire at the end!
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
farewelwilliams Avatar
8 weeks ago
prosser thinking of new ways to cash in on this.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Pupi Avatar
8 weeks ago

Too little, too late apple. Plenty of other options out there that do the same thing.
Nothing does quite the same thing and this video wasn’t released by Apple.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving Avatar
8 weeks ago
Hopefully it gets released next month!!!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ThirteenXIII Avatar
8 weeks ago
this would be cooler:
https://9to5mac.com/2021/08/02/apple-retail-store-magsafe-iphone-dock/
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
siddavis Avatar
8 weeks ago
I always liked the thought of this (because of the simplicity) and figured I would want one to charge my three devices just like they show in the product photo. However, I don't think it is a the best practical solution for people with watch bands that would interfere with the watch laying flat on the charging surface. So the pads with integrated/dedicated watch modules seem like the best practical solution.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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