Rumour Suggest Apple May Have a New AirPower Prototype in Development

A new rumour suggests Apple may be revisiting its wireless charging mat once dubbed AirPower. Nearly a year after its cancellation, it appears as though Apple is prototyping a new version of the device.

Apple’s AirPower was first announced in 2017 but was ultimately cancelled in 2019 after the company found it difficult to reach its own high standards. According to reputed YouTube content creator and leaker Jon Prosser, Apple may be returning to the drawing board.

On Twitter, Prosser posted a tweet indicating that Apple’s AirPower project was “back on”. While being forward and setting expectations by suggesting that although development on a new prototype was underway, there was no guarantee the new device would reach the market. It appears as though Apple engineers have been attempting to take another look at the wireless charging mat’s coils to “displace heat more effectively”.

Prosser later continued to state that Apple’s current hurdle is having the device compatible with Apple Watch. Apple’s initial vision for AirPower was to allow users to charge multiple devices at a time ie: iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch.

This rumour is backed by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s claims that Apple had plans to release a “smaller wireless charging mat” in the first half of 2020.

While the timeline may have been disrupted by nailing down support for Apple Watch, it does appear that AirPower may still see the light of day.