AirPower, Apple’s long awaited and delayed wireless charger for iPhone and Apple Watch, might finally be entering production. If the latest rumors are correct, Luxshare Precision and Pegatron, Chinese manufacturers contracted by Apple, will start mass producing AirPower this month.
Apple had originally announced AirPower during iPhone X’s launch and that it would start shipping in 2018. However, we are in 2019 now and AirPower has not been released yet. Ming-Chi Kuo had predicted that AirPower would begin shipping in late 2018 or early 2019 so the timing of these rumors seems just about right.
The latest rumors come from ChargerLAB, a Hong Kong website which claims to have a reliable source inside Apple’s supply chain. Luxshare Precision produces AirPods and Lightning to USB-C cables for Apple, and is also a member of the Wireless Power Consortium.
Breaking: AirPower is finally coming. We just learned from credible source in supply chain that the manufacture Luxshare Precision has already started producing Apple AirPower wireless charging pad. Luxshare Precision is also the maker of Apple AirPods and USB-C cables. pic.twitter.com/UqgWIAh3sx— ChargerLAB (@chargerlab) January 12, 2019
It was previously rumored that AirPower production will be handled by Pegatron and this has also been confirmed by ChargerLAB. Pegatron is expected to start mass production for AirPower on January 21. The layout for coils in AirPower has also been leaked in the new tweet – it will have three layers of coils in 8-7-7 configuration.
Apple AirPower: Another source claims Pegatron is set to start mass produce AirPower at Jan 21. Pegatron is also an Apple OEM in Asia. The company employee says AirPower has total three layers of coils in 8-7-7 configuration from bottom to top. pic.twitter.com/xsboO47PGR— ChargerLAB (@chargerlab) January 12, 2019
While Apple has never publicly addressed the delay or the reason behind it, it was said that AirPower had run into overheating, inter-device communication and interference issues. On January 1, Steve Troughton-Smith tweeted that he heard the issues had been resolved and Apple could start shipping soon.
Where is AirPower? 🤷♂️ All I’ve been hearing is ‘they’ve finally fixed it’, so, if true, it could ship as a product whenever Apple wants. Hopefully alongside the smart battery case for the XS?— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) December 31, 2018
Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that AirPods with wireless charging will also be available in the first quarter of 2019, so it might be possible that Apple will launch them with AirPower. Whether Apple will launch an optional case or brand new AirPods is still not confirmed. Apple had shown AirPods, Apple Watch and iPhone X all being charged by AirPower, back in 2017. You can check the video of the announcement below.
Phil Schiller had also said that Apple will be using open standards for AirPower and contributing back to Qi wireless charging standards to improve them for other manufacturers. Let’s see if they stick to their promise. The last time Apple promised open standards for a consumer product like this was with FaceTime, and we know that didn’t work out well for them.