Apple's AirPower Wireless Charger may already be in production and coming soon


After failing to meet its own shipping schedule in 2018, Apple would now have two manufacturers that would increase the production of its USB charger, according to a Hong Kong-based website, specializing in the current charging of devices. .

As reported for the first time by MacRumors, the website ChargerLAB tweeted This morning, Chinese manufacturer Luxshare Precision began manufacturing the AirPower multi-device wireless charger. LoadLAB followed his initial tweet with another Pegatron, Apple's second largest supplier, will start manufacturing AirPower chargers on January 21st.

ChargerLab quoted a Pegatron employee who had stated that AirPower would have three layers of wireless copper charging coils, in an "8-7-7" configuration from the bottom up, which would allow it to charge an iPhone 8 or an iPhone X, an Apple Watch. Series 3 or 4 and AirPod via the charging box.

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A multi-device wireless charger from the Dutch company Zens. Its Dual + Watch Fast wireless charger can charge two smartphones and an Apple Watch at the same time.

"Unfortunately, I think it will be at least $ 150," LoadLab tweeted.

Although there may be technically more than a dozen multi-device wireless chargers currently available, most do not charge for smart watches and smartphones.

The accuracy of Twitter on ChargerLAB Twitter was random. MacRumors noted that ChargerLAB had correctly stated that Apple-certified Lightning to USB-C cables would be available in early 2019 and that they were actually presented to CES last week.

Conversely, in December, ChargerLAB had announced that the entire iPhone X range would feature a faster 18 – watt USB – C power adapter. The charger listed on the ChargerLab website was actually for a 2018 iPad Pro.

If ChargerLAB's latest tweets prove accurate, are users still ready to spend the big price for a wireless charger branded Apple? Jack Gold, senior analyst at J. Gold Associates, does not believe that the late publication of AirPower will affect sales.

"Apple is making a lot of money in accessories, so all it can do to offer popular accessories that it can sell is a good thing," Gold said via email. "If it's well-designed (most likely) and works well (Apple does not usually offer poor quality products), there will be a ready market for the product."

cw boostup wireless charger diagram Belkin / IDG

The Belkin BoosUp Wireless Charger is similar to the others; it contains a copper transmitter charging coil, a chipset to control the power delivered to a device, and foreign object detection technologies to ensure that objects that should not be recharged are not.

In September 2017, Apple announced that it would send its AirPower product by the end of 2018. Expectations were growing every quarter, last year, before the arrival of the platform. charge. But Apple missed its deadline and the experts speculated that the company was struggling with technical issues, such as regulating different charging requirements on a single pad using the Qi wireless charge specification.

Industry experts also noted that Apple had purged the AirPower image of virtually all of its web pages.

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The only image currently available from AirPower on Apple's web pages.

In general, there are three types of wireless charging, according to David Green, head of research at IHS Markit. There are charge pads that use a close coupled electromagnetic inductive or non radiative charge; loading bowls or cross-surface type chargers using a radially loose or radiative resonant resonant charge capable of transmitting a charge of a few centimeters; and uncoupled radio frequency (RF) wireless charging that allows a holding charge capacity at distances of several feet.

The closely coupled inductive load and the weakly coupled resonant load operate on the same physical principle: a time-varying magnetic field induces a current in a closed loop of wire.

Developed as part of the Wireless Power Consortium, Qi is the most widely used wireless charging specification. It is supported by more than 230 companies, including Samsung, Sony, Delphi Automotive and Energizer. Apple became a member of WPC last year.

The Qi standard supports tightly or inductively coupled wireless loads and wirelessly coupled or resonant wireless loads, allowing an activated mobile device to be within 1.75 inches of a charging pad while still receiving food. This distance allows mobile devices to be placed more flexibly around the pads so they can charge, rather than having to be placed in a specific location to receive power. But the room for maneuver is still tight.

At the first announcement of the iPhone 8 in 2017, Apple recommended wireless charging products from third-party vendors Mophie and Belkin.

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An exploded image of a Belkin wireless charging station shows the centrally located copper coil, responsible for transmitting electromagnetic energy to activated mobile devices.

Since then, various third party suppliers have developed wireless chargers that can power both an iPhone and an Apple Watch. But none of them has developed a product capable of handling the three Apple products: smartphone, watch and headsets. In December, World of the computer We examined four multi-device chargers that can power smartphones and smart watches.

"The market has evolved and many vendors are currently offering wireless charging, including for Apple products, so the market is much more cluttered and competitive than it would have been had it." put the product on the market a year ago, "Gold said. "But the share of the wireless charge compared to the wired connection is still quite small, so there is a huge potential for Apple (and others) to sell."