Tag Archive for ‘Charging’

Still Waiting for AirPower ➝

Nick Heer:

Imagine an alternate universe where the AirPower and the wireless charging case for the AirPods weren’t announced until, say, the opening keynote of WWDC this year with same-day availability. Sure, buyers of iPhones and Apple Watches that were released last year would have to suffer through several tedious months of wondering why Apple didn’t make their own charging pad because many of the ones out there right now aren’t very good, but the reaction to its then-immediate availability would have been a classic example of underpromising and overdelivering.

Apple Pencil Charging Is Good Design ➝

Matt Birchler does a deep dive on the various options for charging the Apple Pencil — how it currently works and what Apple could do in the future. And I think he came to the right conclusion in this one:

In 2018, I think the best option of the bunch is what Apple already did. The built in Lightning connector works in almost every situation and works across all devices the Apple Pencil is compatible with. It looks a little funky, but as a function over form decision, I think it was the right call.

The best alternate charging method I think is the Smart Connector idea. Now they would need to add a second connector to the iPad Pro, and the lower end iPad would just not have this option, but it would combine the relative reliability of a physical connection, use the device you have with you, and would look a heck of a lot nicer than the current method.