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No standard yet: Proprietary Airpower mat for several Apple devices

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 | Gadgets

The current Qi standard of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) is not enough Apple. For the loading of several devices at the same time, Apple presented the Airpower mat. This provides enough space to charge an iPhone, an Apple Watch Series 3 and the Air Pods at the same time. The latter, however, only works with a new tray which has to be purchased extra.

Apple does not want to keep the technology to itself. At the iPhone event, the company stated that WPC is working to make this concept a part of the Qi standard. From Apple's point of view, this is useful since several products have to be recharged at the same time – at least for users who also purchase several of the announced devices.

    Apple Air Power is an induction charging station. (Image: Apple / Screenshot: Golem.de)

It would not be the first time that Apple has been pushed with a proprietary mechanism that later became part of a standard. Although Apple tends to proprietary techniques, such as Lightning or the wireless charging of the old Apple Watches, but with the Mini-Displayport there was a proprietary connection, which was first to be found at Apple and later by the Vesa was taken over. For a few years the standard was found in numerous small devices, until this connector became too big and was replaced by USB Type C with very compact devices.
Until Qi is so far, however, it will still take so long that the company only indicated the year 2018 for the availability of the Airpower mat. A price was not mentioned and also not when and whether the technology actually becomes part of the Qi standard. In principle, Apple must first in the consortium, but the market power of the company should help.


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