As a pioneer in many areas, Apple is clearly lagging behind the competition when it comes to charging. Naturally MagSafe it is a practical system, but it is more about the magnet system than about the charging itself, the latter based on a simple 15 Watt coil. Several manufacturers are already offering double the power and Xiaomi also has a 100W wireless charger† But the Cupertino company has no intention of losing the pace.
The return of Airpower?
In his latest newsletter (Power On), Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman says Apple is working hard on several charging technologies, starting with a multi-device charger. In 2017, the brand introduced AirPower, a ‘mat’ that allows you to charge up to three devices at the same time. However, the accessory was never marketed due to a design issue that caused excessive heat.
Since then, other manufacturers have taken the lead. Xiaomi still with a similar charging station, but also Belkin or Mophie, which offer multiple 3-in-1 charging stations for iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods, available in the Apple Store. However, according to Mark Gurman, Apple may offer its own solution in the future. It remains to be seen when.
In addition, Apple is reportedly working on several charging technologies. The Bloomberg reporter specifically cites short- and long-range wireless charging. This is reminiscent of Xiaomi Mi Air Charge, able to charge a phone remotely from the moment the latter is “visible” from the railway station.
Mark Gurman also mentions reverse wireless charging, a principle that has been present in the competition for several years. It allows you to charge your iPhone with your iPad or even your Apple Watch or AirPods with your iPhone.
Much of this information has been mentioned for several years now, but the fact that Apple is working on it doesn’t mean it will be available anytime soon. Tim Cook and his teams are known to have a very high demand and if a product or technology doesn’t meet internally set standards it could stay in the Cupertino labs for a long time…