Apple is selling Mophie wireless charger pads, which loyal fans should expect as the closest thing that the iPhone company will ever be with a functional AirPower.
Apple has begun selling two multidevice wireless chargers from Mophie. Both the Dual Wireless Charging Pad ($99.95) and 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad ($139.95). The products will be coming to select Apple Stores next week and are available for online order now. Note that Mophie sells the dual-charger for a bit less at $79.95.
While it’s true that there is no shortage of AirPower knockoffs available in the market, Mophie may have developed one in particular that Apple gave it the seal of approval and is even selling it themselves.
Mophie’s description on the wireless charging pad coming to Apple stores says:
“The 3-in-1 wireless charging pad conveniently charges iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch from one central location. To ensure a seamless charging experience for all three devices, it features a dedicated cavity for AirPods, and an integrated charging stand for Apple Watch that holds it at the ideal angle for Nightstand Mode with an unobstructed view of the screen.”
The Dual Wireless Charging Pad can deliver up to 7.5W of power to iPhones placed on either of the mats. Charging your AirPods also work fine as long as it’s placed in its special designated spot and if you have the wireless charging case.
However, you won’t be able to cozy in an Apple Watch in the pad, but instead, Mophie has a USB-A port around back to charge it.
The 3-in-1 model ($139.95) also adds an Apple Watch stand, through which you can also charge your smartwatch. Mophie suggests the Watch stand is at an ideal angle for Nightstand Mode.
The company claims the pads are optimized for Apple devices. However, they’re still quite off from what Apple initially promised with AirPower, though.
One reason, in particular, is that the pads aren’t quite as flexible because the 3-in-1 pads only let you charge one each of iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch simultaneously, AirPower initially promised to allow you to top up any combination of the devices
Furthermore, you’ve got to put everything in its right place, and the Apple Watch must go on a stand instead of the mat itself.
Meanwhile, AirPower would have included an iPhone feature that would indicate battery information on-screen while it was charging on the mat, along with battery information from the AppleWatch and AirPods.
The AirPower was Apple’s answer to people’s demand for a wireless charger that could compete with other markets like Samsung, who already has their wireless charging capability available across their devices.
First announced in iPhone X’s event in 2017, the AirPower would have been available in 2018 if Apple did not face specific engineering problems that hindered their production. Almost two years later, Apple unceremoniously announced that it would cancel the AirPower’s production.
“After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have canceled 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 pushing the wireless experience forward,” said Apple SVP of hardware engineering, Dan Riccio in a statement.
The problem with the AirPower was it promised to do much more than charging a single device, without the need to find that sweet spot when you place a device on their charging mat, a feat not yet achieved by other companies.
To do this, it was reportedly said that Apple would place multiple charging coils across the charging mat.
However, the coils would often cause heating issues that Apple wasn’t able to get around with.
Apple’s high standards prevented them from releasing the AirPower, but their lack of engineering capabilities put an end to what would have been a unique device in the market.
Ironically, it is quite interesting how Apple now approves of tech developed by Mophie. Not that they create cheap accessories, it’s just interesting to see brands like them beat something as big as Apple at something.
Along with the pads, Mophie revealed a pair of USB-C car chargers that have 18W of output. They include a model with a single port ($24.95) and one with an extra USB-A port, which provides 12W of output ($29.95).