Apple on Friday confirmed that it has officially canceled AirPower. In a statement to TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino, SVP of Hardware Engineering Dan Riccio said that after much effort, the company has decided to cancel the project.
“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,” said Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering in an emailed statement today.
Apple first announced AirPower, a wireless charging mat that could charge your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods simultaneously, back in the fall of 2017. Since then, rumors have abounded regarding reasons for the delay and potential shipping dates.
So what happened? It sounds like Apple just set the bar way too high. When you have three charging coils that close together, overheating becomes a problem. Most of the time the company figures out a way to work around these kinds of barriers.
Not this time.