Apple’s iPhone X (pronounced ‘iPhone ten’), iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 are official and the AirPower wireless charging is the biggest innovation that comes with these new iPhones.
You definitely need something to charge all these new iPhones; to that end, Apple has created AirPower to make charging easier and faster.
AirPower is a wireless charging device that allows you to power up your iPhone, Airpods and Apple Watch 3, all at the same time.
It means you can charge the three devices mentioned above at once, a feat Apple has never achieved in the past.
Of course, it is not Apple that invented wireless charging because it’s been around on Android for many years, but Apple has added its own spin to the tech and customized it for its latest batch of devices.
As Apple demonstrated in their video, AirPower begins to charge your Apple devices almost as soon as you drop or place them on the mat. The iPhone X screen displays the interface of the AirPower, providing easy-to-read updates on your device’s battery life.
In the video, the Apple Watch did not display battery life info, but we believe Apple will introduce the feature whereby your device will be able to display the battery life when the AirPower is released, otherwise you will always need to have your iPhone on the mat to see the reading.
How AirPower works
The thin, oval-shaped pad is the heart of the AirPower. AirPower works with Qi charging tech, the leading wireless charging standard on the market.
The likes of Belkin and others charging mats use Qi, but Apple solution to your new wireless charging need is AirPower.
Previously, Apple Watch made use of Qi wireless charging that was included in a pad crafted by Apple itself. However, AirPower permits you to charge three different devices at the same time, making it more useful than Apple’s previous effort.
This is the first time iPhone will be using wireless charging and this is enabled by the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8’s glass backs.
But hey, AirPower is not just a mat; it is a whole wireless charging system that permits devices to communicate and manage power consumption between them. No other wireless charging system can match AirPower right now.
But a major question left unanswered concerning the AirPower system is what the mat itself will connect to. There is clearly a wire out on the side of the AirPower, and it is likely that it will have a wall charger or USB to allow you connect it to a computer.
It is also vital to know that while the AirPower offers fast charging, this feature won’t work with the new iPhones. Instead, you can fast charge over USB-C that needs you to buy a USB-C to Lightning cable and USB-C Power Adapter.
AirPower price and release date
The AirPower price and release date remain a mystery, but Apple said it would be released next year. As for how much it’ll cost, it is likely to be expensive.
The Apple original Apple Watch Qi charger is $79. So it means that the price of this new mat will be more because it charges more than a device at a time.
We will update this article as soon as we have more news about the AirPower. Until that time, you can read our iPhone X hands-on review.