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Apple’s AirPower is reportedly coming back from the dead

Apple’s new releases for the remainder of 2020 embrace new iPhones and the launch of a brand new technology of Apple’s cellular working software program, iOS 14.
Meanwhile, one other rumor has surfaced that speculates an Apple product we thought was useless — the AirPower wi-fi charging mat — may very well be again on, in any case.
Leaker Jon Prosser has tweeted that Apple is engaged on a brand new model of the mat internally, although it’s nonetheless not clear at this level if it’ll get an official launch (and even carry the AirPower title).  
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Almost a yr to the day after Apple confirmed that its AirPower wi-fi charging mat mission is formally useless, following quite a lot of technical hurdles the corporate grappled with that in the end proved insurmountable, leaker and YouTuber Jon Prosser claims that the mission seems to be again on observe internally.

“AirPower isn’t useless” he reported in a tweet over the weekend, including that prototyping is underway now and that whereas there’s no assure Apple will succeed this time and really launch it, the corporate’s engineers “haven’t given up but and so they’re making an attempt to re-engineer the coils to displace warmth extra successfully.”

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Prosser has a report of correct leaks on the subject of Google, however he doesn’t have as a lot expertise on the Apple entrance. What makes this rumor much more intriguing, although, is that it comes after a latest prediction by the world’s high Apple insider, TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who thinks Apple’s {hardware} roadmap for the primary half of this yr features a “smaller wi-fi charging mat” (h/t MacRumors). However, that prediction was made previous to the worst of the coronavirus disaster setting in, and it’s additionally not clear if Kuo thinks Apple would connect the AirPower moniker to this smaller mat or not.

One of the issues that was so uncommon when Apple’s Senior VP of Hardware Engineering Dan Riccio confirmed final yr that the AirPower mission was formally nixed was that, whereas product delays are considerably commonplace for the iPhone maker, it’s uncommon to see Apple announce after which later scrap a product fully. The assumption amongst tech insiders was that Apple launched AirPower properly earlier than it was able to be proven to the general public as a result of the corporate thought it may work round a few of the issues it was encountering. “After a lot effort, we’ve concluded AirPower is not going to obtain our excessive requirements and we have now canceled the mission,” Riccio stated on the time.

Rumor had it that the AirPower, which was designed to cost three units , was susceptible to overheating.

Apple confirmed off the AirPower again in September 2017 on the Steve Jobs Theater following the introduction of the iPhone X. The authentic expectation was that the AirPower would hit the market on the finish of the next yr — which Apple ultimately confirmed wouldn’t occur (although the corporate stated it nonetheless very a lot needed “to push the wi-fi expertise ahead.”

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