Apple's AirPower charging mat reportedly delayed - again - to September

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According to a recent report fromBloomberg, sources close to the matter now say AirPower will be released either before or in September.

One source told Bloomberg that testing is increasing, with some engineers using AirPower as their personal chargers in their offices. Apple has always promised a 2018 release for AirPower, but it had been expected much sooner. The company hasn't mentioned it since, even at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month.

It's a complex system, and that's before you consider the fact that, as Bloomberg's Mark Gurman points out, charging three very different devices at once likely requires varying nodes of power delivery.

AirPower is created to charge up to three devices at once: ideally your latest iPhone, the Apple Watch and the AirPods (once that wireless charging case is released).

Apple did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

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Given that the technology behind battery charging pads is well established and usually easily duplicated, the report claimed, the problems have arisen from Apple essentially overengineering the device. For loyalists who own several Apple products, the AirPower charging mat is tipped to be a firm favourite. The company is even said to have considered removing the Lightning port on the iPhone X, but wireless charging is still a lot slower than charging over a traditional cable and including a wireless charger in the box with an iPhone would increase the price even more. "Which we believe is primarily because Apple has higher requirements for wireless charger RF specifications, so there will be no definite mass production timetable prior to technological breakthroughs", well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in 2017. Even single-device wireless charging pads can struggle to dissipate the heat given off as a side-effect of the process: Samsung's recent Fast Wireless Charging Pads have included fans for that objective, for instance. The wireless synchronisation of AirPods and the Watch with Apple's other devices are compelling features.

Apple unveiled the AirPower at a press event last September.

The AirPower charger should bolster this business - when it finally arrives. The device is supposed to come out this year, and Apple initially planned on releasing it this month. However, wireless charging is still in its nascent stage and nowhere near as fast as wired chargers, so a delay in the AirPower launch may not necessarily affect the company right now. Apple's nebulous promise of a launch sometime in 2018, though, was less welcome.

Apple is struggling with technical hurdles, including overheating, according to a Bloomberg report.

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