Tag Archive for ‘Wireless Charging’

Twelve South PowerPic ➝

Chris Gonzales, writing for Tools and Toys:

The New Zealand pine frame holds any 5″ x 7″ photo and looks totally natural on your desk, bedside table, or fireplace mantle, unlike many chargers that stick out like sore thumbs. But it’s just as handy as the rest when you need it — just set your Qi-enabled phone against the photo and it immediately starts getting 10 watts of juice.

I have two of these, one in our living room and one in my office. I absolutely love it. It gives myself, my wife, or our guests the ability to top-off their phone without having to fiddle with cables or have any unsightly charging accessories out in the open.

➝ Source: toolsandtoys.net

Base Station Apple Watch Edition Wireless Charger by Nomad ➝

If I was buying a wireless charger for my bedside table, this is the one I would get. I have the standard Base Station, which is essentially this one minus the Apple Watch charging pad, and I absolutely love it.

This new model builds on Nomad’s previous Apple Watch Edition by adding a USB-A and USB-C charging port to the back. For the Apple product enthusiast, this single charger could be used to power an iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch wirelessly and still have two ports on the back that could be used to charge an iPad and whatever other random device that needs charging.

➝ Source: nomadgoods.com

Apple Cancels AirPower ➝

Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, in a statement to TechCrunch:

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

In all my years following Apple, I think this is the only product that I’ve seen them outright cancel before it sees the light of day. And it kind of stinks. I’ve been holding off buying any wireless chargers for my iPhone and even spent the extra $40 on the AirPods with wireless charging case last week. All because I was expecting Apple to eventually ship AirPower. But apparently that day will never come.

It seems a bit odd that Apple spent all this time on AirPower — first announcing it in Fall 2017 — and have nothing to show for it. I had even started to think that Apple might have made some major changes to the product’s design, scaling back their overly ambitious initial idea. Maybe AirPower would only be capable of charging two devices at a time or they’d drop support for existing Apple Watches — announcing a Qi-compatible Watch this Fall. Or maybe it would be even more drastic than that and AirPower would only charge a single device at a time.

If wireless charging truly is the future, you’d think Apple would want to make their own wireless chargers to sell alongside the iPhone. But I guess, like wireless routers, Apple is willing to give that market away to others. At least for now.

This cancelation has encouraged me to move on, though. I’ve finally ordered a wireless charger for my bedside table that I plan to use with my iPhone and AirPods. If you’re curious, I’ve ordered the Nomad Base Station Hub Edition. It’s not the fancier one with the built-in Apple Watch charger, but I don’t think that one will fit very well on my bedside table because of the placement of the Watch charger. Not to mention that version is backordered until nearly May.

AirPower Has Likely Entered Production ➝

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors:

Hong Kong website ChargerLAB cites a “credible source” within Apple’s supply chain who claims Chinese manufacturer Luxshare Precision has started production of the AirPower. In a conversation on Chinese messaging app WeChat, the source adds he has heard the AirPower will be released soon. […]

In a follow-up tweet, ChargerLAB cites another source who claims a second Apple supplier Pegatron is set to begin mass production of the AirPower on January 21. The alleged Pegatron employee claims the AirPower has three layers of coils in an 8-7-7 configuration from bottom to top.

I’ve been holding off on purchasing any wireless charging accessories in hopes that AirPower would ship soon. I had to wait quite a bit longer than I initially expected, but I’m pretty excited that it’s finally coming.