Apple AirPower prototype disassembly reveals why wireless charging station never made it to market

Apple AirPower prototype disassembly reveals why wireless charging station never made it to market


A video has been posted on the Chinese website Bilibili that allegedly shows the disassembly of a prototype Apple AirPower wireless charging station. The video may explain why Apple decided not to launch this device. The fact is that its internal structure is very complex from a technical point of view.

Inside the device there are 14 induction coils installed over the entire area of ​​the body. This approach would allow simultaneous charging of, for example, iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods, regardless of which part of the station the device lies on. The video also shows off the inner metal frame and Lightning connector for connecting the charger to a power source.

If in the published video there was a disassembly of a real AirPower prototype, then it really sheds light on the reasons why Apple refused to produce these charging stations. When the product launch was canceled last year, there were no specific reasons for the decision, but experts agreed that this was due to technical problems. “We put in a lot of effort and came to the conclusion that AirPower would not be able to reach our high standards and canceled the project. ” said then Apple vice president of hardware development Dan Riccio (Dan Riccio).

Apple is rumored to have resumed development of an AirPower-style wireless charging station this year that could charge multiple devices at the same time. Well-known blogger Jon Prosser recently announced that Apple resumed work on a wireless charging station back in March this year. He also noted that Apple engineers are trying to “redesign induction coils to dissipate heat more efficiently“. If this is actually the case, then Apple may already have prototypes of the future charging station ready.

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