Overnight, a report on the future iPad Pro and its potential wireless charging capabilities was published by the folks at Bloomberg. The report also suggested that Apple is looking to redesign the iPad mini for the first time in years, which is big news in itself. Hidden in this report is another interesting bit, however, as it looks like AirPower might not be totally dead.
Either way, that’s according to Bloomberg, which notes at the end of its article on the future of the iPad Pro and iPad mini that Apple “is still exploring a future wireless charger that works similarly to its flawed AirPower “. Bloomberg’s report doesn’t explain what, specifically, that means, but it seems that maybe Apple hasn’t given up on its dream of releasing a charging mat that charges multiple devices at once.
AirPower was announced by Apple in 2017. It was introduced to consumers as a charging mat that could charge up to three devices at once, with enough space to house an iPhone, an Apple Watch and a pair of AirPods in a charging case wireless or two iPhones side by side. After AirPower was announced, months turned into years without seeing the charging mat.
Then, in 2019, Apple finally decided to cancel AirPower, declaring that it would not meet the company’s high standards. Apple’s original plan was to use overlapping charging coils that would allow users to simply place their devices on the mat without much concern for the orientation or alignment of those devices perfectly. Unfortunately, these coils generated so much heat that thermals were a major hurdle for AirPower that Apple ultimately failed to overcome.
Even after shutting down AirPower, it appears that Apple is still working to make a charging mat for several functional devices, assuming Bloomberg’s report is accurate. We’ve also been told that Apple is “internally investigating” wireless charging methods that might work over longer distances than its standard wireless charging pad, but Bloomberg says a product with this technology is “probably several years away “. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens from here, but it’s possible that Apple has some interesting wireless charging products in the pipeline.