On September 16th, according to CNBC, Apple may have imagined a world without wires and plugs, but it is difficult to achieve this vision.
A year ago, Apple introduced the wireless charging board AirPower, which can charge iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods at the same time. A year later, the company was silent about its ambition to push wireless charging. It is also unclear whether Apple can fulfill its commitment to launch AirPower in 2018.
On Wednesday, the company released a new iPhone lineup, iPhone XR, XS and XS Max, but failed to provide the latest news on AirPower chargers. In fact, Apple did not even mention the wireless charging function of the new iPhone at the new product launch conference, and on Apple's official website, almost all AirPower content has been deleted.
Even more puzzling is that Apple declined to provide more details about AirPower. A spokesperson told reporters that the product was not officially released, and the company did not disclose more. John Gruber is an influential blogger in the field of Apple products, often reporting on Apple's news on his website "Daring Fireball," he said on Twitter. Apple's silence is meaningful, and the company may be working hard to implement the previously advertised AirPower features. Gruber later published an article on his website, he said, "I wouldn't be surprised if AirPower was announced to cancel, but Apple didn't want to say that."
A year ago, Apple introduced wireless charging technology to the iPhone for the first time. Users can put the phone on the charging board and fill the battery without plugging in the charging cable. This function is suitable for third-party wireless charging accessories that meet the Qi standard. Apple also predicts that the launch of Airpower will help drive the widespread adoption of wireless charging technology in more devices across the industry.
At the iPhone X conference in 2017, Apple's senior vice president of global marketing, Phil Schiller, announced AirPower: "We also believe that we can make the wireless charging experience even better, which may have Help drive the industry forward."