Apple Still Working on AirPower-Like Charger, Also Long-Range Wireless Charging and Reverse Charging

Apple is still working on a future wireless charger that would work similarly to the now-abandoned AirPower, according to Bloombergis Mark Gurman.

In the latest edition of the journalist’s Power On newsletter, Gurman reiterates earlier reports that Apple still intends to create a wireless charging accessory that would charge several devices such as iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods at the same time.

Apple first announced the irAirPower‌ in September 2017 along with the ‌iPhone‌ 8 and ‌iPhone‌ X. At the time, Apple said the charging product would launch sometime in 2018, but that didn’t happen. After months of rumors of development problems, Apple canceled the project in March 2019.

Since then, Apple has launched MagSafe charging for its iPhones, including the ‌MagSafe‌ Duo accessory, which can wirelessly charge Apple Watch and ‌iPhone‌ together, although the Duo is just two separate wireless chargers combined. If Gurman is right, Apple is still planning to release a charging device that can charge all three products at once.

Continuing the theme, Gurman says he believes Apple is still exploring charging solutions that don’t rely on contact-based inductive charging technology. Specifically, he mentions that Apple is working on “short- and long-distance wireless charging devices” and that the company is “imagining” a future where all of its major devices can charge each other. “Imagine an iPad is charging ‌iPhone‌ and then that ‌iPhone‌ is charging AirPods or Apple Watch,” adds Gurman.

We have long heard rumors of so-called reverse wireless charging capabilities for recent iPhone series. The closest it has come is with its MagSafe battery, which can get power from ‌iPhone‌ when the latter device is plugged in and charging.

Considering the reverse wireless charging function of the agMagSafe Battery Pack‌, it seems technically possible that iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 could deliver power to AirPods or AirPods Pro, but Apple has not yet implemented this feature.


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