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Apple AirPower: Is the wireless charging mat for iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods coming soon?

By reviews / 21. June 2018

The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X all feature wireless charging. They work with hundreds of Qi charging mats and accessories already available – including in-car charging stations.

But Apple is also soon to come out with its own AirPower mat for wireless charging.

The benefit of the AirPower mat is that it will also work with Apple Watch in addition to the iPhone and the new AirPods (check out our existing AirPods review). It’s also big enough for you to charge all three at the same time; your iPhone, Watch and AirPods.

Apple AirPower mat release date

It seems the AirPower release date is imminent, though it didn’t make an appearance at Apple’s Field Trip event alongside the new iPad. That was understandable, since it was an education-focused event really. 

The mat may finally be available to buy by September this year, according to a report from Bloomberg. Apparently the mat has facing several issues including technicalities with the internal circuitry. 

We’ve also heard that the AirPower release will be alongside new AirPods that will be compatible with the AirPower mat for wireless charging. Or, at least, a wireless charging case for AirPods. We’re hoping we get second-gen buds though – perferably water and sweatproof please!

What is the AirPower mat?

Apple’s AirPower is a wireless charging mat that is plugged into the wall but transfers electrical charge into compatible devices through contact alone. You just place your devices on it and they will charge the batteries without any more fuss.

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What devices work with the AirPower mat?

The mat will charge the new iPhones: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Each of those handsets have Qi charging capabilities so can also be charged on conventional, existing Qi charging mats too.

And, because it is standards compliant, AirPower should also charge other Qi-compatible smartphones, too. 

The mat will also charge Apple Watch. We know it is definitely compatible with Apple Watch Series 3, with and without cellular.

We also expect it to work with older Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 devices as they use the same charging base as the Series 3. 

It will also charge AirPods but only if they are inside a wireless charging case at the time. This will either be via an add-on charging case or via a second-generation version of the AirPods. 

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Original source: https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/apple/142203-what-is-apple-airpower-wireless-charging-and-will-it-work-for-your-device

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