The report suggests that the AirPower will launch for $149 – or around £117. That’s quite a lot for an accessory that8217;s far from essential, and more of a luxury convenience for those sick of the nightly hunt for a cable.
Related: What is Apple AirPower?
The AirPower, for the uninitiated, is a wireless charging station that allows Apple customers to charge multiple supported products at the same time. You could, for example, charge an iPhone X and your Apple Watch 3 simultaneously off the same pad.
The AirPower was first revealed by Tim Cook at last year’s iPhone launch, and news has been thin on the ground ever since. The delay and the price may well be closely related.
Getting the AirPower to a state where any device can be charged at any point on the pad has been a real challenge for the company, with overheating reported to be a regular issue with early prototypes.
The solution Apple has apparently come up with is not a cheap one. The AirPower will reportedly come with 22 individual wireless charging coils, and each one can be independently activated to supply power. It even apparently includes a custom Apple chip running a cut-down version of iOS for power management between devices.
If true, that makes it quite a bit more sophisticated than rival products, but should lead to an experience that’s far more appealing that current pads which require phones to be placed just so. Hopefully we’ll see the results when Apple unveils the iPhone 9 next month.