AirPower: Everything We Know [BREAKING: Apple Cancels AirPower]

Breaking News: Apple Cancels AirPower


Apple has canceled all work on the AirPower and has no plans to release the device. In a statement provided to TechCrunch, Apple's senior VP of hardware engineering said that the AirPower was unable to achieve Apple's high standards for products and that work on the project was ceasing.

"After much effort, we've concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project. We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward."

AirPower Alternatives


Though the AirPower has been canceled, there are some alternative third-party options that are designed to charge multiple devices at once. No third-party charger does exactly what the AirPower promised because that was an impossibility, but they do all charge more than one device, and some of them are able to charge AirPods, iPhone, and Apple Watch all together.


Check out our dedicated AirPower Alternatives guide to see the full list of options.

What was AirPower?


AirPower was an Apple-designed charging mat designed to charge Qi-based iPhones, the Apple Watch, and the AirPods, using a specially designed AirPods Wireless Charging Case, which Apple introduced in March 2019.

Apple's AirPower was proprietary and intended to combine at least two different wireless charging methods -- Qi and then the Apple Watch charger, which is inductive and not Qi based.


It was designed so that you could place an iPhone, AirPods, or Apple Watch on any portion of the mat to have the device charge, which meant multiple overlapping chargers must be included.

The AirPower mat would have been big enough to charge all three devices at one time, with the AirPower itself connected to an external power source, perhaps using a USB-C cable.

In Apple's renderings, AirPower also had a feature that let the iPhone display the wireless charging level of all of the devices on the mat, including the iPhone itself, the Apple Watch, and the AirPods.

Where Is AirPower?


AirPower missed its 2018 launch date, and while Apple was quiet on the reason why, rumors suggested there were serious manufacturing issues and kinks to be worked out.

Apple was forced to delay the AirPower after having trouble dealing with the complex multi-device charging circuitry, software bugs, and the potential for overheating.

Over the course of 2018, Apple was working out kinks including heat management, inter-device communication, and interference issues, and there were times during development where rumors suggested Apple could potentially be planning to nix the AirPower, but there were consistent mentions in 2018 iPhone packaging, and recently an image of the AirPower with an iPhone XS was spotted on Apple's website.


Unfortunately, those technical challenges proved to be too much, and Apple ultimately canceled the AirPower project in March 2019.

When Was AirPower Supposed to Launch?


Apple announced AirPower in September 2017 alongside the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X, and said at the time that it would launch sometime in 2018.

2018 came and went, and Apple gave no further official info on when the AirPower would debut in the early months of 2019.

Rumors from Apple's supply chain in China suggested the manufacturing issues had been solved by January 2019, and according to The Wall Street Journal, Apple approved production of the AirPower earlier in the year, which suggested it could be coming soon.

Code found within iOS 12.2, an update released to the public on March 25, suggested that Apple may have been gearing up to launch the AirPower around that time. Apple also obtained an AirPower trademark around the same time, seemingly purchasing it from the company that had previously registered it. Finally, DigiTimes said we could expect the AirPower in late March.

All of those rumors and hints failed to pan out, however, and Apple ultimately canceled the launch over 18 months after the product was announced.

What Would AirPower Have Cost?


Apple never announced pricing for the AirPower, but there were some guesses. Chinese "industry insiders" in August 2018 suggested the AirPower could cost somewhere around $1,000 Chinese yuan, equivalent to right around $147.

Back in November 2017, a Polish website suggested the AirPower would cost around 999 złoty, equivalent to $199.

Given that both of these rumors came from well before the AirPower was even in production, neither were particularly reliable, but we thought it reasonable to expect a price tag in the neighborhood of $130 to $200 based on the price points of competing wireless charging devices and Apple's accessory pricing in general.

Which Devices Would Have Worked With AirPower?


  • iPhone - All Qi-compatible iPhones were to work with AirPower, which includes iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.
  • AirPods - Using AirPower with AirPods required the AirPods Wireless Charging Case, which Apple introduced in March 2019.
  • Apple Watch - AirPower would have worked with the Apple Watch Series 3 and later. It would not have been compatible with Series 2 and older watches.

AirPower Rumors


AirPower was announced in September 2017, and at the time, Apple promised a 2018 launch date. Multiple rumors initially suggested a possible March 2018 release, but March came and went, and there was also no sign of AirPower at WWDC in June or at the September iPhone event.

After its September iPhone event, Apple wiped almost every mention of the AirPower from its website, and rumors later in September indicated that Apple was having problems with overheating, interference, and software.

Dire reports suggested the AirPower was doomed to fail if engineers couldn't solve a number of issues plaguing the device, but when the iPhone XS and XS Max launched a bit later in September, we found AirPower documentation, suggesting work on the device was still underway.


In October, we heard the AirPower was going to be released in late 2018 or early 2019, but after Apple's October 30th event came and went with no AirPower mention, it became clear Apple wasn't going to make its 2018 deadline.

In December, Apple was still mentioning the AirPower in job listings, and then in early January, refreshed rumors hinted that mass production would soon start. AirPower was also mentioned in the product description for the recently released Smart Battery Case in some countries, and in January 2019 DigiTimes said it was still coming "later in 2019."

MySmartPrice, a site with a mixed track record when it comes to rumors, said that Apple's AirPower would be thicker than expected due to an 8-7-7 coil configuration and that it would launch in spring 2019.


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A user guide included with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max references the AirPower, suggesting that Apple has not yet shelved the much-anticipated charging mat. Developer Gavin Stevens shared an image of the guide this afternoon, which clearly has a passage mentioning the AirPower. "Place iPhone with screen facing up on AirPower or a Qi-certified wireless charger. You can also use the Lightning connector to charge iPhone and connect accessories."It's not clear why Apple left the reference to the AirPower in the iPhone XS and XS Max manuals, but it perhaps suggests that the company planned to ship the charging accessory alongside the new iPhones. AirPower was not mentioned at the September iPhone event, despite expectations that it would be, and it's been more than a year since the device was first announced. AirPower is meant to charge the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods all at the same time. A recent report suggested Apple has run into a number of issues that need to be solved before the AirPower can be offered for sale, including heat management, inter-device communication, and mechanical and interference problems. The AirPower reportedly produces too much heat at the current time, causing performance setbacks and charging issues. There are also communication issues between AirPower and devices placed on the mat, and the multi-device charging mechanism has resulted in interference that reduces efficiency. It's not clear how or when Apple will solve these problems, and almost all mentions of the AirPower have been scrubbed from the company's website.

Report Claims AirPower 'Doomed to Failure' Unless Apple Can Resolve Multiple Ongoing Engineering Issues

Despite the promise of a 2018 release date, Apple's long-awaited AirPower wireless charging mat remains unavailable, and almost all mentions of the device were last week removed from its website. This has prompted speculation over what could be behind the delay – and even whether the AirPower, which was announced over a year ago, will ever see the light of day. Previous reports have touched upon the technical issues Apple has run into with the AirPower's design, but a new report published on Sunday by Sonny Dickson claims several pieces of exclusive information that shed light on the challenges Apple is still facing with the device, which is designed to charge the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods all at once. According to the report's multiple internal sources, many of those working on the AirPower project believe the device may be "doomed to failure" unless engineering solutions can be found for a host of currently unresolved issues, which include: Heat managementCurrently the device produces far too much heat, which causes performance setbacks, and can affect the ability of the devices to charge if they become too warm in the process. It also affects the ability of Apple's custom charging chip, which runs a stripped down version of iOS, to function as intended.Buggy inter-device communicationApple's engineers have been experiencing both hardware and software issues with the communication between AirPower and devices placed on the mat, especially the communication of Apple Watch and AirPod charging data to the iPhone, which monitors the charge level of all