In 2017, Apple announced the Qi-compatible Apple’s AirPower Mat, a device that would charge multiple devices at once simply by placing them on the mat.
Apple’s AirPower has been seriously delayed due to reported interference and overheating issues, with a whole year going by without hearing much about the availability of the product. In fact, Apple’s total silence on the matter led some to believe it may have been canceled altogether.
Today, however, a new rumor has breathed life back into hopes for an Apple’s AirPower Mat.
Hong Kong website ChargerLAB tweeted that a credible source in the supply chain said Luxshare Precision (the same manufacturer that builds AirPods and USB-C cables) has started production on the Apple’s AirPower charging pad.
MacRumors took a look at the tweet and used Google Translate to translate the WeChat screenshot included in the tweet, saying that the conversation is consistent with the information in the tweet.
ChargerLAB went on to tweet that another manufacturer, Pegatron, would start production on January 21st alongside Luxshare Precision. A report from Junesaid that Pegatron would also be involved in manufacturing, so these tweets at least line up with what we’ve already heard.
The eagle-eyed will have noticed that the AirPower was mentioned on iPhone XR and XS materials. But the fact that all mention of AirPower was pulled from the Apple website around the time that those phones launched certainly indicated that the launch was up in the air.
Well, now that we are in 2019 it seems we might not have to wait for long before the AirPower launches.
AirPower has reportedly entered production with a ‘credible source’ telling Hong Kong’s ChargerLAB that Luxshare Precision has begun producing the charging pad for Apple and that the AirPower will be released soon.