RIP: Apple Kills AirPower After Failing to Reach its Standards

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Apple today announced it’s canceling AirPower, the highly-anticipated wireless charging mat that’s capable of charging an iPhone, an Apple Watch, and a set of AirPods all at once. The company confirmed the news to TechCrunch in a statement.

According to the company, the reason behind the cancellation is due to the product not meeting Apple’s high standards. “After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project,” said Dan Riccio, the company’s senior vice president of hardware engineering.”

“We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward.”

The history if AirPower is nothing short of humorous and strange. After Apple announced the accessory in 2017 alongside the iPhone X, the company promised it would release it in 2018. That deadline came and went, with more questions than answers now at play as to when the device might actually reach the market.

Images of AirPower have since surfaced on second-gen AirPods boxes, and multiple mentions of the accessory have made their way to the web, including on Apple’s own website. Many have wondered when the device would be released, with a potential release seeming imminent as recent as last week when the company went on a product release spree for three days straight. But it appears that between then and now, Apple decided to give the mysterious gadget the ax.

Problems with AirPower were reported, with many rumors indicating overheating issues. Apple did eventually give the okay to manufacture the accessory, but it’s unclear if the company ever began doing so.

Now, we can lay all rumors, reports, and cryptic mentions of AirPower to rest, as the gadget will never see the light of day.