Wireless Charging Technology by Apple Reportedly in Development

It has been reported that Apple is currently working on a charger that will enable users to simultaneously charge multiple devices such as AirPods, an Apple Watch, and an iPhone. This device is expected to be the successor of AirPower by Apple. AirPower was never released despite having been unveiled in September of 2019. Instead, failing to meet the high standards expected by Apple devices, it was discontinued. The AirPower was supposed to be a Qi charger resembling a mat. Theoretically, it was expected to be able to charge at least three Apple devices. Last year, the Cupertino company introduced a new iteration of the wireless charger with MagSafe, released with their iPhone 12 devices.

Mark Gurman of Bloomberg writes, “I also believe Apple is working on short and long-distance wireless charging devices and that it imagines a future where all of Apple’s major devices can charge each other. Imagine an iPad charging an iPhone and then that iPhone charging AirPods or an Apple Watch.” However, the details about this device are not specified in Gurman’s Power On newsletter, neither is the device’s date of release. Although the specifics are unclear, Apple has been rumored to be working on their wireless charging tech for a while now.

Industry insider and YouTuber Jon Prosser had posited in March of last year that “AirPower isn’t dead,” going on to add that the tech giant “has not given up yet” on this project which supposedly was “back on internally.” He had further stated that efforts were being made to “re-engineer the coils.” This was months before Apple released their MagSafe. Although Prosser had a fair track record, this information did not pan out to be true. The prototype image shared by him was of a clone device, not an AirPower. It was designed by a separate entity, not Apple.

Certain recent reports have been suggesting that Apple will be attempting to introduce reverse charging technology in their future iPhone series. This tech, if introduced, will supposedly enable users to charge their devices such as an Apple Watch or their AirPods, by placing the devices onto the back panel of their iPhones. But the discrepancy lies in the fact that as of now, Apple uses large batteries only on ‘Pro Max’ devices. In order to be able to charge accessory devices properly, the phone will need to be equipped with a substantially larger battery. This, in turn, will affect the thickness or the weight of the iPhone, increasing either of these factors, or both.