Apple has officially announced that the much anticipated AirPower Wireless Charger has been cancelled and will not see the light of day.
First announced alongside the iPhone X in September 2017, Apple promised that the device would wirelessly charge iPhones, AirPods and Apple Watch all at the same time.
Apple has said that the device did not meet the company’s high quality standards and therefore the project stands cancelled.
Apple Senior Vice President Dan Riccio made the announcement in a statement on Friday afternoon.
“After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project. We apologise 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,”
Contrary to traditional wireless chargers that can charge multiple devices at the same time, Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charging Mat was considerably compact given it was supposed to have three coils embedded within it.
With all three devices placed on the mat – the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods – the charging status of all the devices was to be displayed on the iPhone’s screen.
Multiple reports in the past indicated that the AirPower Wireless Charging Mat was set to launch later this year and some even claimed that the device had gone into mass production.
Although Apple has not officially cited a reason why the device did not meet its “high standards”, it has been realised that the company faced multiple engineering challenges and that the device ran hot because of the close proximity of the charging coils.