It Has Been 229 Days Since the AirPower Charging Mat Was Announced – Pixel Envy

I see echoes of that announcement in that of the AirPower. Why was it announced alongside the iPhones 8 and the iPhone X? What story does it complete? It can’t be the inductive charging story: surely the entire point of using the Qi standard was that there were already loads of charging mats on the market that you could buy — Phil Schiller said as much during that keynote. So what’s the advantage in letting us know about the AirPower far in advance of when it would be available?

It says a lot about Apple that they’re not able to ship a product as simple as this. There are no in-house chips, this uses a protocol that is widely available on the market, and there’s no miniaturization – as with the AirPods – that is problematic. Given how few products Apple actually releases, the delay in this one says a lot about the company.

I wonder if they’ll invite some journalists to a sit-down to explain how their design wasn’t future-proof, and how they had to start from scratch, and how they would promise a charging pad for 2019.

Source: It Has Been 229 Days Since the AirPower Charging Mat Was Announced — Pixel Envy

4 thoughts on “It Has Been 229 Days Since the AirPower Charging Mat Was Announced – Pixel Envy

  1. For what it’s worth, it’s considered “restraint of trade” to promise a product that’s better than your competitors’ products, then not deliver it on time. I could tell a story about this, but don’t have the time.

  2. For what it’s worth, it’s considered “restraint of trade” to promise a product that’s better than your competitors’ products, then not deliver it on time. I could tell a story about this, but don’t have the time.

  3. Apple stated that they wanted to create an extension to the qi standard to allow for this new way of allowing multiple devices to charge effective and efficiently. They didn’t give a ship date and working with an open standard can take time. Find something interesting to complain about.

  4. Apple stated that they wanted to create an extension to the qi standard to allow for this new way of allowing multiple devices to charge effective and efficiently. They didn’t give a ship date and working with an open standard can take time. Find something interesting to complain about.

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