Faizel Patel, Radio Islam News - 31-03-2019
Apple has confirmed that it will not deliver on its promise of helping usher in a wireless future with an AirPower mat for charging its devices.
Apple senior vice president of hardware engineering Dan Riccio told AFP the project announced in late 2017 proved to be an engineering challenge.
“After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to pushing the wireless experience forward.”
Riccio apologized to Apple fans who were looking forward to the AirPower.
AirPower was announced at the same time as the iPhone X, a premium model that marked the tenth anniversary of the company’s flagship smartphone.
It was heralded as part of a shift to mobile lifestyles less entangled by wires, and images at the project’s unveiling showed AirPower as a mat where Apple’s phone, smartwatch, and AirPod ear-bud case could be placed together to charge without being plugged in.
While Apple has delayed the release of products in the past such as its AirPod earbuds and a HomePod smart speaker, it is not known to fail to deliver on innovations touted at events.
Other companies sell charging stands or pads that can be used to wirelessly power up iPhones or other devices compatible with the technology, which is based on an industry standard.
With Hollywood stars galore, Apple this week unveiled its streaming video plans along with news and game subscription offerings.