Apple probably wanted to equip the charging mat with 22 charging coils in order to make it possible to charge the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods at the same time.
In the 30-minute video we get an insight into one of the prototypes. The charging function doesn’t seem to be working, but the device’s firmware can still be accessed. This was found in the e-waste of a Chinese recycling company.
A technical look at AirPower
According to the video, the firmware probably allows some conclusions to be drawn about the manufacturing process. It shows that it was installed in June 2017. So months before the presentation. It also appears to be test firmware for factory use.
Apple presented the charging mat on September 12, 2017 together with the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 and wanted to set new standards in wireless charging. The devices should be able to be placed anywhere on the device.
The device should then come onto the market in the following year. The disillusionment came in 2019 when Apple finally said goodbye to the project. The device would not meet the “high requirements”. That was the succinct statement back then.
AirPower thus has a special role in the history of Apple devices. Because it hardly ever happens that the group does not manufacture a product that has already been presented. The 2017 presentation by Phil Schiller showed that the group was very convinced that this ambitious project would also come to a successful conclusion.
Via: Appleinsider, Foto: Screenshot