Apple has officially given up on its AirPower product, citing the fact that it couldn’t meet their own standards.
Announced back in 2017, the AirPower was a special mat designed to charge multiple devices without the need to plug them in.
Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, had this to say in an emailed statement:
After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project. 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 company did not elaborate on why the AirPower didn’t meet their standards, but it can be assumed that it was probably due to the general problems with charging products such as being unable to maintain a moderate temperature due to the laws of physics being a thing.
There’s a small chance that the cancellation of the AirPower could affect sales of Apple’s other products. AirPods, Apple’s meme-able wireless earpods, were sold with mentions of AirPower alongside them and promises that they would be chargeable using the special mat.
On the bright side, it was probably wiser of Apple to admit that they couldn’t deliver, rather than sell a product that potentially runs the risk of burning the user’s house down. (Note: this is just guessing. The AirPower could have been cancelled for non-thermodynamic reasons, too.)