Apple officially cancels AirPower after an eighteen month delay

29 March 2019
Announced back in September 2017, AirPower proved too ambitious to be turned into reality.

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XX.XX, 04 Apr 2019You're right, I read your comment to quickly however now, you re... moreI should have been a bit more specific from the start. My intention from the original comment is that AirPower fire hazard would have been based on coil, note 7 fire hazard is battery. How they relate to each other is the fire part only, not what causes it thus justifying the sequel comment. AirPower is a main product to apple just as note 7 was a main product to Samsung.

EskeRahn, 04 Apr 2019Well we can only guess what they actually plan to do, but I gues... moreLooks like I took it all a bit too intensively as what you said can indeed be a follow-up to a cancellation as it's a general business practice to buy a company, start fresh or over again. :)

XX.XX, 04 Apr 2019You're absolutely right that it IS better to stop a bad product ... moreWell we can only guess what they actually plan to do, but I guess that they take the knowledge from the first one and start over (or buys a suitable more capable company that can do it), and this time wait talking about it to they are sure they got a market ready product.

DLLM, 03 Apr 2019If my comment was taken out of context, i guess I was wrong. Any... moreYou're right, I read your comment to quickly however now, you refer to coils in the Note7 which have nothing to do with the Note7's battery design flaw (cathode & anode connections were way too close to each other) but are only relevant in regards to the Airpower as it is a device intended solely for wireless charging which is basically only based on the coils and electrical current plus thermal management hardware.

EskeRahn, 03 Apr 2019Well it IS better to stop a bad product at a late step in develo... moreYou're absolutely right that it IS better to stop a bad product rather than releasing and later recalling it but I see absolutely no sense in completely cancelling the development of a really beneficial product as Apple has more than enough funds to keep on going (reference to the energizer bunny), developing further to make a great end-product.

XX.XX, 02 Apr 2019Unfortunately you're wrong...Apple is never sorry...and Airpower... moreIf my comment was taken out of context, i guess I was wrong. Anyway, to defend my post, I never said apple was sorry, I said apple was better safe THAN sorry. And the comparison with note 7 is the potential fire hazard with all those coils too close to each other.

XX.XX, 02 Apr 2019Unfortunately you're wrong...Apple is never sorry...and Airpower... moreWell it IS better to stop a bad product at a late step in development before producing and releasing it, than to have to recall it afterwards.

Samsung would have been better off had they stopped it before release too - hence the compare.

So aPple should be praised for that. On the other hand we can mock their vapourware, when they only had a prototype not suitable to sell for usage in real life.

DLLM, 02 Apr 2019I suppose they want to be safe than sorry. Nobody wants to be th... moreUnfortunately you're wrong...Apple is never sorry...and Airpower has nothing in common with the Note7 as that was a battery design flaw while no battery is involved here...

I suppose they want to be safe than sorry. Nobody wants to be the sequel to note 7

Kangal, 02 Apr 2019I think you've proven that you haven't been following developmen... moreWell I guess you and I got different definitions of vapourware then.
A 'product' that can not be be realised but only talked about is vapourrware in my book.

I do not care how many prototypes they got or the reasons for them not to try to sell them.
Until it is launchable, it is not a real product...

But sure nbetter to kill it early.

EskeRahn, 02 Apr 2019Having a theoretically working solution is still just vapourware... moreI think you've proven that you haven't been following development of this announcement closely.

Apple's solution is flawed, but it was never vapourware. I for one thank Apple's decision to put the project on ice, until they come up with a different alternative, even if that means comprising the product someway but keeping it functional and safe.

EskeRahn, 02 Apr 2019Having a theoretically working solution is still just vapourware... more...But of course it is less bad to kill the project before it actual goes to market, and not have another aPple scandal by needing to retract it shortly after release, like the Slamsung Note scandal.

Kangal, 01 Apr 2019No, he's right. There's no charging Pad out there that lets you... moreHaving a theoretically working solution is still just vapourware if it can not be made into a real product...
That someone can get something to work under some ideal conditions in a lab does not make it a product! Sure they could take out patent on that (and most likely they did) and if/when they found the needed solutions to make it an actual product in the real world THEN they could start talking about making it to a commercial product....

What they did was EXACTLY like we see so often in crowd funding, a principal proof of concept, that never finds it way to the real world, due to some difficulties.
And that is usually called: VAPOURWARE.

EskeRahn, 01 Apr 2019Seriously? "anyone else"?? Ha Ha! Try just "anyone". The idea ... moreNo, he's right.
There's no charging Pad out there that lets you put your phone in any position. It has to be placed in an ideal slot on the phone and on the pad. And this is for a single device, trying to add two or three charging makes it increasingly difficult.

There is a solution actually, and the Apple engineers did find it. However, having all these extra coils means more heat is generated. This could be bad for children's fingers, any flammable materials nearby, or just bad for Apple's reputation (like the Note7 fiasco).

What you're thinking of is having three different coils laid out side by side, such solutions do exist. They do generate heat (but just acceptable), but suffer from slow charging and the position arrangement difficulty.

Anonymous, 01 Apr 2019Engineering the charging pad, to meet the specification Apple se... moreSeriously? "anyone else"?? Ha Ha!
Try just "anyone".
The idea is fine, but currently just vapourware....

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jtrogr, 31 Mar 2019Good, now they can focus on making more emojis. lol exactly.

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Kangal, 29 Mar 2019The connectivity portion (of showing %), is not easy, but its de... moreEngineering the charging pad, to meet the specification Apple set, is exceptionally difficult. Arbitrary device placement, 3 different coil sizes, 2 different charging standards, and that compact an enclosure... You haven't seen anyone else launch something similar in the interim, and probably won't for a while yet.

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Will, 29 Mar 2019From Apple? NO. They are still affirming that they want all wire... moreSo they don't use Qi charging for their iPhone's or Airpod's? or Standard Bluetooth for earphones? Or does that not fit your narrative?

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Good, now they can focus on making more emojis.

Anonymous, 31 Mar 2019Facepalm The concept of Airpower is that you can place the de... more"There is nothing like this." you should have modified to e.g. "There is nothing here."

It was pure vapourware. What you describe is what they hoped to sell, but was unable to make in reality...