According to reports from both Daring Fireball's John Gruber and Sonny Dickson, Apple's highly-anticipated AirPower wireless charging mat is experiencing issues related to overheating, communication, and interference that are holding it back from launch. However, there has been no mention of the AirPower whatsoever. Apple executives took the stage to debut a new Apple Watch and three new iPhones that all carry iPhone X branding, just as the rumors we heard in the weeks leading up to the event suggested they would.
Apple's engineers are also struggling to keep the two dozen coils in the mat from interfering with one another, resulting in a less effective charge, according to the blog. "The broad feeling of many working the project at Apple is that the device may be doomed to failure, and may not be viable at all unless significant advancements can be made", he wrote. Since then, however, Apple hasn't mentioned anything more about the technology - and now all signs of it have been scrubbed from the company's website.
Needless to say, this is causing interference issues, and issues with communication between devices.
Apple has promised that, unlike with other charging mats, consumers will be able to place their devices anywhere on the AirPower to get a charge, rather than having to center them perfectly. Dickson says the current mat's overheating issues are preventing that silicon from functioning properly.
The oval-shaped mat is based on the Qi wireless charging standard, but the aforementioned Bloomberg report said the device would also include a custom chip and run a "stripped-down version" of iOS to better manage device pairing and power management between the three iDevices.
Due to the pattern of reports surrounding the charging mat, it's likely that the company is assessing its options.
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Additionally, the circuitry required to charge multiple devices simultaneously meant the hardware design would need to be bulkier than Apple was willing to compromise on.